a short film by Pascal-Alex Vincent
2007 | 13 mins | France
›› Candy Boy
an animated tale of first love served with a political punch.
Candy Boy by Pascal-Alex Vincent From French director Pascal-Alex Vincent comes this animated tale with a message attached to it. Or perhaps that should be a sermon, given its charts the trying times of those at Saint Marieís Orphanage.

From a Mother Superior who is deaf to the complaints raised against its chief benefactor, to that of the sweet leader of the orphaned pack; one Candy Boy whose position is under threat from new arrival and all round rebel figure Samy. Only can they put aside their differences long enough for the benefit of the children, the environment, let alone their homosexual heart?

Candy Boy by Pascal-Alex Vincent With more than a nod and wink to the James Whale adage that a good cast is worth repeating, this bright and breezy cartoon features Chloé Berthier as the voice of Sister Prudence, aka Julie of Far West credit, whilst equally to be found on the thanks list are Alexandre and Victor Carril, aka the twin stars of Vincentís emotional feature Give Me Your Hand, namely a work that continued Vincentís love of the medium, having opened with a three minute animation.

Only behind all the colourful graphics to be had lies a pasture of green politics, one that here details the alarming effects of industrial contamination. That a candy boy takes it upon himself to discover why the children at the orphanage are mysteriously falling ill, equates to a tender tale of first love served with a political punch. Need more be said?

Gay Visibility - coming-of-age style. 
Nudity - animated bare-arsed cheek. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 
available on DVD as part of the Peccadillo Pictures catalogue - 'Boys On Film 5: Candy Boy' release 25.10.2010
with the voices of: Maïk Darah / The Mother Superior, Julien Bouanich / Candy Boy,
Aymen Saïdi / Samy, Chloé Berthier / Sister Prudence and
with thanks to Alexandre and Victor Carril.
Copyright 2010 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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