Eloy de la Iglesiaís (El Diputado)
latest film is an elegantly filmed and splashy return to cinematic prominence
with this story of love between a middle-aged Spanish gay man and a younger
ďstraightĒ Bulgarian hunk. Daniel is a well-off accountant who welcomes
Kyril into his bedroom and into his life. Kyril is a refugee from
Bulgaria who has mysterious sources of income, but an incredible body and
a charming smile. In Danielís social circle this type of relationship
is common, based on mutual needs rather than on equal partnership.
There are two parallel stories -- the thriller revolves around the mysterious
contents of a bag Kyril stashes at Danielís parents' house, a stolen car
and mysterious bundles of money. While the thriller propels the film
forward, under the surface is the love story between these two men and
Kyrilís girlfriend who arrives to come between them.
With terrific scenes in gay clubs, at
a Bulgarian country wedding and at Danielís parents' spectacular country
home, De la Iglesia gives us a truly unique journey with even a tad of
magical realism thrown in for good measure. Features nudity, sex
and even a trip to a male bathhouse.
WINNER: 2003 Philadelphia
International Gay & Lesbian
Film Festival Best Feature Film Award.
RUN TIME: 101 Minutes
Spanish - English subtitles
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