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a film by Mischa Kamp.

2014 | 78 mins | Netherlands.

a beautifully crafted story of first love.

Dave says:

Once in a while along comes a film that takes you back to the carefree days of youth, a time when your first love was just a heartbeat away and sure enough there's a joyous feel of adolescent romance ingrained into the very celluloid of this captivating work, remarkably a telemovie that hits well above the benchmark of the format.

Directed with an abundance of TLC by Mischa Kamp, the story is in essence a lush telling of the boy-meets-boy scenario, one that finds teenager Sieger (Gijs Blom) struggling with his burgeoning feelings for his fellow athlete Marc (Ko Zandvliet), only for the man to have convinced himself that Sieger has fallen for local girl Jessica (Lotte Razoux Schultz) instead. Part of an all-boys athletics club who are in the middle of training for the relay championships, their innocent friendship comes to develop into something far more meaningful, only for Sieger to deny his attraction to Marc. But then, they kiss...

In many ways this feature reminds me of Marco Kreuzpaintner's delightful film Summer Storm, given both works deliver the coming out narrative within the sporting arena. And like its German counterpart, this equally charms throughout, thanks in no small part to the vibrant screen chemistry between Blom as gay boy in denial Sieger and Zandvliet as the ever unpredictable, yet easily hurt Marc. Then again, perhaps this is of no surprise given both actors had previously worked together on Maria Peters' powerful wartime tale of forbidden love that is Sonny Boy and who here wonderfully showcase the mixed emotions of two young men coming to terms with their feelings for one another, heartfelt performances that are complimented by Jonas Smulders in the role of Sieger's rebellious brother Eddy, even if Roosmarijn van der Hoek as Marc's adorable little sister Neeltje comes close to stealing the show; so sweet and natural are their scenes together.

Enhanced by the splendid cinematography of Melle van Essen that vividly captures the national park beauty of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug region of the Netherlands and complete with a lively score by Rutger Reinders, the result is an achingly realistic work that plays its tale of love and self-acceptance for all its worth, as stealing glances give way to a tender kiss or two, only for angst to enter the cinematic equation.

All of which makes for a beautifully crafted story of first love and of a young man who comes to find in his boyfriend, the courage and strength to be his sexual self. The Dutch version of Beautiful Thing - undoubtedly, being touching, uplifting and strikingly honest. Simply wondrous.

›› available as part of the Peccadillo Pictures catalogue: 13th October, 2014 / UK.
›› revised: Sunday, 8th August, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - from the waist up. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

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