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Head On's narrative rambles at times, but its raw, sensual approach creates a powerful, resonant rumination on identity. Read critic reviews

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Ari (Alex Dimitriades), the son of two Greek immigrants, is an alienated teenager who lives in Melbourne, Australia. He spends his time seeking out cheap thrills, and, over the course of one day, he dives into a bottomless pit of hedonism. He sleeps with a few men he meets, he sleeps with his friend Betty (Elena Mandalis), he takes drugs, he sells drugs and he rages against society. Ari seems numb to life until he and his best friend (Paul Capsis) have a violent run-in with the cops.

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  • Sep 02, 2010
    Aside from the main guy being very attractive this movie wasnt all that great. The story was really kinda weird and sad. The characters were not likable at all. It's rather depressing overall. And I kind of dont understand the point. That being said there were parts in Greek and I didnt have subtitles so that might be part of the reason it didnt make sense. Though I really think that the whole movie just didnt make a lot of sense. I dont understand the message or point behind any of it. What did this movie teach me? All Greeks take it up the ass apparently.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2007
    One of the most depressing but gripping 'struggle in the closet' films I have ever seen, with a fantastic, charismatic and emotive performance from anti-hero Alex Dimitriades (who, judging from his IMDB page, needs to get a better agent). It's a niche subject perhaps, which is then squeezed into another minority - a traditional Greek family - but it's expertly written and played and actually has broad appeal. Ari's downward spiral (he starts close to the gutter and disappears into it by the time of the slightly rushed, bleaker than bleak ending) is gripping and entirely believable, the Aussie streets have a grimy/murky, hellish feel and some of the lines cross the boundaries of sexy/disturbing/distressing (<i>"don't spill it"</i>). Kinetic direction and a brilliant (and now nostalgic) soundtrack both ground and enhance a very good film. Pity about the off-putting poster art.
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  • Mar 23, 2007
    Straight from the off this film begins with a natural, well acted plot, with a good role played by Alex Dimitriades. The realisticness of the film, does make it feel a little slow moving, but remains an enjoyable watch throughout. In his duel cultural background, the character struggles to please his family and struggles to hide his sexuality of which he, himself finds is also finding hard to accept. Drug fuelled binges provides him with escapism, whilst denying himself the one thing that could make him happy.
    Lady D Super Reviewer

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