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directed by  George Bamber
USA 2017

 

On his thirtieth birthday, former swimsuit model-turned-kept boy Dennis Racine (Jon Paul Phillips, X/Y) stats to believe that his sugar daddy Farleigh Nock (Thure Riefenstein, DARK BLUE WORLD) - host of a successful interior design makeover TV show - is going to trade him in for pool boy Jasper (Greg Audino). When Farleigh starts to mentor Jasper and plans to feature him as a designer on his television show, Dennis and Farleigh's houseboy chef (and previous lover) Javi (Diosiq Burné) suspect that Jasper is manipulating Farleigh (who may need someone to take care of the way Dennis was by his side during the illness that sidelined him for a time and put a dent in his show's ratings). Sweeping Farliegh off to Cartagena, Columbia for a fancy vacation at the vacation home belonging to fellow gigolo Lonnie's (John-Michael Carlton) sugar mama Dierdre (Ellen Karsten), Dennis is shocked when Jasper coincidentally shows up in the country to visit his uncle (Charles Fathy). Dennis' hostility towards Jasper only serves to increase Farleigh's sympathy for Jasper, but Dennis is right in believing that things are not on the up and up with Jasper and he conspires to expose him to Farleigh even if he destroys their relationship. The pitch for the film is actually that Dennis is given an ultimatum to get a job or get out, but that is really a throwaway remark that Farleigh shoots at Dennis when he displays disinterest and ignorance of how the show's slipping ratings will impact their lifestyle. Although he conspires with Lonnie and gold digger Paulette (Toni Cohen) to falsify a job as a travel agent, Dennis is at first more concerned that Farleigh no longer loves him (believing that he is selling the Porshe to punish him for getting crows feet) but it soon becomes an issue of his own lack of self-confidence about his lack of a college education or work experience (he was a model for a week at eighteen years of age before he landed Farleigh) with nothing to fall back on ("We've made our bed, now we have to lie in it," says Paulette as she worries that her senator is going to go back to his wife). The protagonist is not particularly sympathetic at first but becomes more so as Farleigh seems to be oblivious to and even uncaring of Dennis' feelings, and the ending is rather unsatisfying in the way it ties up all the loose ends but it may work more as a comedy than as a character drama for some.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 4 February 2017 (USA)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:29:12
Video

1.73:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.71 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.73:1

Edition Details:
� 2017 World Premiere MIFO Q&A (16:9; 19:28)
� Cast and Crew Interviews (16:9; 42:36)
� Behind the Scenes (16:9; 2:16)
� Deleted Scenes (16:9; 2:04)
� Trailer (16:9; 1:34)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: 8 August 2017
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments

Breaking Glass' dual-layer DVD features a mid-range bitrate encode of an HD production with a warm bias and a heavy emphasis on shallow-focus close-ups. Some night exteriors and gel-light interiors evince noise that may have as much to do with the original shoot and color correction of the master as the encode. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track boasts clear dialogue, sedate sound design, and music, and English Closed Captioning is available. Extras include a Q&A session and cast and crew interviews from the Miami festival screening of the film - in which the director discusses the real life situation that lead to him pursuing a project to take on as a director and his discovery of the source novel - as well as a short behind the scenes featurette and deleted scenes.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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