Un Chant D'Amour (A Song of Love)

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Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.


Critic Reviews for Un Chant D'Amour (A Song of Love)

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  • Feb 10, 2014
    In 1991, Todd Haynes made his feature debut <i>Poison</i> (1991), which also turned out to be his masterpiece so far. It was composed by three different story segments: "Hero", a mockumentary crime anecdote; "Horror", an experimental tribute to sci-fi/horror B movies; and "Homo", a homosexually oriented, minimalist and allegorical film with a dim atmosphere of prison oppression. The focus here should be the third segment, which explicit content made the entire film get slapped with an intolerant NC-17 rating despite having not such explicit content. Compared to <i>Un Chant d'Amour</i>, it was defiitely toned down. Controversial and prominent playwright Jean Genet made only one film project in his lifetime, but influenced a number of filmmakers from Todd Haynes to Tsai Ming-liang (most specially <i>Dong</i> [1998]). <i>Un Chant d'Amour</i> is often considered the first gay-themed movie. It isn't. Others consider it the first homoerotic movie. It maybe is. Three years before, Kenneth Anger had released a disturbing and symbolic controversial masterpiece about rape and abuse with a strong personal note, but the sexual connotation was vivid and present. In this case, the purpose, in my infinitely humble opinion, is to depict repression and abuse from the point of view of intolerance. The result is extraordinary. It feels like the work of a passionate man attempting to construct something remarkably poetic, empathizing with the human impulses that all of us possess regardless of our sexual inclination. Imagery is unforgettable and influential too, playing with black backgrounds against a white light illuminating only what we are supposed to see. The content is oriented towards mature minds (I won't mention an age limit since that measure is not a given), and incredibly graphic for the time - not even the wild 60s would show something this strong until maybe the last years of the decade. That is not meant to be a feature that pushes audiences away. On the contrary, this tragic testament has "nothing to hide". 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2013
    The only film made by the controversial playwright Jean Genet - an extremely sensual and provocative homoerotic tale that was certainly ahead of its time, with so much powerful imagery and intense desire overflowing from the screen.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2012
    A quite well-made, evocative short. Surprising that Genet never directed another film. And its sexual content is STILL daring -- when's the last time you saw an erect penis in an art film?
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2008
    A short film about love?Yes,a perfect example of jealousy and repression,the first piece of queer cinema by a legendary playwright.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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