Beyond the Walls (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Beyond the Walls
The arthouse normalization of the gay romance continues apace in [this] carefully crafted, gently moving debut feature.
Solid in construction and persuasively acted, the drama is strongest in the establishing sections of intoxicating passion.
A bittersweet gay romance a la "Keep the Lights On" and "Weekend," and nearly as good as its predecessors. Well-written and confidently directed by David Lambert, making his feature film debut.
Audience Reviews for Beyond the Walls
Surprisingly feeling good in general. Although I am not really feeling all right with the storyline after the twist & turn, the ending successfully bounces- as long as you can go with the flow for the a bit melodramatic setting.
Another great film from the excellent catalogue of Peccadillo Pictures. It's a story with a similar vein to 2011's Weekend. Writer/director David Lambert is a touch less positive in his mood! Barman, Ilir, supplies Paolo with a bed for the night after he gets wasted in his bar. The two strike up a rapid and intense relationship which becomes heart-breaking when Ilir is arrested for drug possession and ends up in jail. It is a film wrought with emotion and you allegiance to one side of the relationship does waver throughout. The two male leads (Guillaume Gouix & Matila Malliarakis;recently seen in The Returned) are excellent and it is a fine study of the emotions of an intense impossible relationship. Certainly up there with the films of the year thus far. Highly recommend.
A profoundly moving and heartbreaking gay romance about an overwhelming passion that gradually grows and breaks apart - and the two very talented leads give life to such complex characters who we can strongly identify with in their feelings for each other.
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