Clapham Junction (2007)
Clapham Junction (2007)
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A disquieting film about the loneliness and desperation of isolation for gay men in a contemporary world at times unaware of, at times gleefully fostering, the discrimination and violence imposed on the gay community -- and the unsuspected visitation of the same in the perpetrators' own families. Haunting, beautiful, terrifying and disgusting in all its facets. Poor cinematography and disjointed story telling, but surprisingly good performances by Luke Treadaway and Joseph Mawle. One cannot help but be disturbed and moved by the injustice -- and at the same time, the victims' own violations -- as they deal in their own ways with being forced to live in the shadows. Despite its weaknesses, this is a very good tale worthy of consideration.
During the first 45 minutes or so of Clapham Junction, nothing much happens. It's in the second half where the story kicks into gear, involving the audience in its themes of hypersexuality and homophobia. Yet the movie never goes far enough, never probes its story enough to make up for the first half. Characters are introduced and dropped, only to come back without rhyme or reason. Take, for instance, the first gruesome attack. Why? Are we supposed to think it happens "just because"? If that's the case-to show violence seldom has a rational reason for being, that's alright. But I don't buy that entirely. What makes this person attack this other one? There are too many unanswered questions for this to be a completed story. I can this as the first part of a mini-series or longer story. As one compete story? It's lacking.
A TV-movie trying to discuss a few homosexual issues, including violence against gays, homophobia & certain social bias. I appreciate the producers' sincere concerns on this. Only, the question is, there were just too many subjects the director intended to address which, simultaneously made the film quite tedious & lack off cohesion by interweaving characters seemed to be not so related with each other actually apart from their sexual orientation.
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