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Boys On The Rooftop (2016)
A cat burglar (Catalan) prowls the roof of a building, where another guy (Ramirez) is tied up in bondage gear. Their game involves domination, puppy play and some light S&M. Director Hernandez shoots the film beautifully in the shadows, with lots of squeaky faux leather, a wandering spotlight and a rather hilarious shift in tone as the "dog" sets up a romantic picnic for two, while his "master" insists on continuing the degrading roleplay: "It's my birthday, lick my boots!" Clearly, the submissive one isn't into this at all, but is going along with it for his boyfriend. What follows is a pointed conversation that goes back and forth, trying to find the common ground between them. The film opens with a note that it's "based on real events, sort of", then takes a witty and knowing approach, with a nice sense of the connection between two guys trying to make each other happy but getting frustrated about it. It's sexy and funny, and a little bit silly. But there's enough depth to give it some provocative edge.
Actos Impuros (1993)
Shot on film like a vintage movie, with rich colours and deep shadows, this short quietly explores suppressed feelings at a time when it was impossible to step outside expectations. A young guy (Lara) flirts with one of the cleaning ladies in his building, then at work he eyes up a colleague in the showers, clearly troubled and despising his inner urges. He takes the girl to the movies and a carnival, then they have sex, although it's clear that something isn't right. After things turn nasty, he tries another woman, with the same result. Then a guy comes on to him in the street, leading to sex with a very different outcome. Mostly silent with snippets of old songs, the film centres on the pained emotional connections between the characters. It looks terrific, in academy ratio with several cleverly staged visual touches. There are some startling plot points along the way that over-egg the theme. But this adds to the vintage style of melodramatic storytelling, and helps punch the themes without ever being too obvious.
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