In Bloom
USA, 2013, 87 minutes, HD
Love. Lust. Lose. Life.
In Bloom Synopsis

A gritty and heartbreaking portrayal of love and loss, In Bloom shows a personal and realistic tale of losing first love. During a tumultuous summer in Chicago, a serial killer terrorizes boystown while two young men experience the pain of separation and broken hearts.

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Reviewed by dominicbrant
There was a time when a gay film was about 'being gay' in some way.  They explored  the trials and tribulations of secret relationships, unspoken feelings, and anything connected to... more
There was a time when a gay film was about 'being gay' in some way.  They explored  the trials and tribulations of secret relationships, unspoken feelings, and anything connected to the  love that couldn't speak its name.   In the early days, someone always died.   That era has thankfully passed and has been replaced by films that reflect on life from a gay viewpoint.   This film is  obviously a relatively low budget affair, but it is very definitely in the upper echelons when it comes to production values.  There's some cracking camera work.  The art design is spot on and reflects the kind of semi-bleak dowdiness of being young and broke.   The acting is, for me, completely spot on - if it wasn't for the occasional bit of boy on boy  tonsil-tennis, they could pass as straight.  That's important for me.  Having never managed to be much of a gay cliche, to see 'real' gay boys depicted is both refreshing and powerful.   The story is nicely paced.  It reflects both the monotony and frenzy of being a twenty-something.  Within In Bloom, two guys are doing what everyone else has to do.  They're simply trying to get through their day and work things out.  It may depress a few to discover that life on the  other side of the gay rainbow isn't all sparkle dust.  But what we lose we reclaim in a depiction of what life is like when we take they 'the gay' out of gay film  and replace it with, simply, film - that happens to be gay .  That's powerful. 
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dominicbrant  great review!
dominicbrant  great review!
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dominicbrant  I relatively haven't seen a lot of gay films. I'm only exposed to what I have access to which are normally the mainstream ones and some indie films in the Philippines. And my impression of gay films have always been about gay sex and forbidden relationships. It's refreshing to see one which deals about young people's personal struggles and not specifically geared towards specific gay issues. 
dominicbrant  I relatively haven't seen a lot of gay films. I'm only exposed to what I have access to which are normally the mainstream ones and some indie films in the Philippines. And my impression of gay films have always been about gay sex and forbidden relationships. It's refreshing to see one which deals about young people's personal struggles and not specifically geared towards specific gay issues. 
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