Chris & Don Reviews
The title does not expose that this is ultimately Bachardy's story of the relationship. The film may lack some depth and nuance of full disclosure but I do not believe the film is ever dishonest. Some loss of impact is in the matter of fact telling of more controversial points that are mentioned just with little detail or emotion. Open relationships, affairs, drug and alcohol use are talked about but sex feels barely mentioned at all. We're deceived by the lack of detail on these darker topics. Certainly Bachardy has fully come to terms with the issues of his relationship and has no regard for regret or controversy. The result is that the topics feel overlooked though they are not. Perhaps I am jaded by more brutal exposures. That true love conquers all is clear. I was impressed by the story where Bachardy embarked onto a period of self discovery that could potentially separate the lovers forever. Isherwood yielded to his younger love the freedom to have the experience. That period culminated in Isherwood creating the successful "A Single Man," and ultimately with Bachardy and Isherwood together for life. That gave proof of a couple who belong together.
Finally, the film sits so firmly within an amiable disposition that the emotional impact of Bachardy's experience through Isherwood's death is undone. Though a deeper look might have been more interesting or moving, the film would not have been as accessible and lovely.
Oddly enough I watched a polar opposite coupling in Black, White and Gray next.
A lengthy relationship like this is going to have lots of stories worth examining, but the movie entertains even more because there are loads of home movies and documented footage that exists to really tell the story of their life together over more than three decades.