But okay, that's not why i'm making this post. i'm trying to cut the posts down to once a day, honest! but just now you have to indulge me because i'm all excited.
okay, so there's this guy named Brendan Behan. Apparently he was a noted Irish playwright and writer of the 40's and 50's. He died of alcoholism in the 60's at the age of 41--he even has his own pub named after him, which I feel sure he would have gotten a huge kick out of.
Annnnyway, among other things he wrote an autobiographical book called Borstal Boy. This book was turned into a movie by the same name, and I have just seen it.
I want to really review this movie and talk about it but at the moment I can't stop gurgling because it really really has the sweetest most moving and beautiful depiction of boy love I've ever seen. The boy love in this case consists of nothing graphic and nothing major, but oh my god, it's beautiful. I just can't get over it. I don't want to spoil it either. Just, haha, it's a really unexpected movie. You think you have it pegged for a nostalgic sentimental and predictable cross-over of A Separate Peace meets Shawshank Redemption meets Dead Poets Society. And it is a predictable storyline for the most part. But the handling of the romance between the two boys feels so fresh and real and sweet. GAH. I THINK YOU SHOULD ALL GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW.
Really, it's just. So. Sweet. And the best part of it is that it has a love triangle of sorts between the two boys and another girl, only the girl is totally sweet and wonderful and you're sort of rooting for her as much as for either of them and that just makes it that much more fresh and real and love-filled. this is a very love-filled movie. And when I say it's unexpected, I just mean that, well, the characterization and the acting hit me in ways I wasn't expecting even though I thought I had the story pegged. I mean, we're talking about a movie in which, in context, the line "I had it both ways, just like Oscar Wilde" made me start crying.
It's directed by someone who's only done one other film, and the two guys who acted in it were just phenomenal. Has anybody ever seen this film? Because I've never even heard of it before, I just picked it up off the shelf at our favorite independent video store and begged my housemate to rent it for movie night. I'm so glad I did. I can't get over those two boys. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE.
Somewhere there are screencaps of this film, and I know what I'm going to be doing tonight. :D