DVD Review - Hidden Kisses (Baisers Cachés)
Breaking Glass Pictures is bringing this movie to the United States. It's in a continuum of several movies about young boys and their same-sex attractions, as well as the homophobia either internal or external, which keeps them apart. When it comes to gay films, there have rarely been many stories about people who have been so young as in Esteros (2016) from Argentina and Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) from Iceland. This movie is more about teenagers and not the prepubescence of those aforementioned titles. It's also more about a father's reaction to his son's same-sex attraction and how he handles or deals with it.
Bérenger Anceaux stars as Nathan, the son of Stéphane, a tall, adorably sweet brunette who's 16 or so. The picture shows him kissing a boy but because it's at night, no one can tell who he's kissing. Classmates tease and pick on him to reveal who he was kissing, but Nathan keeps the secret. The teasing becomes relentless and more intense, turning to bullying. Nathan endures or tries to avoid it, even having to run at one point.
Nicolas Carpentier plays Tristan, the teacher of Nathan and Louis' class. He's reprimanded for defending Nathan from bullying and trying to speak against homophobia. This shows that just because a law like same-sex marriage is passed doesn't mean that equality or tolerance will magically trickle into various institutions like school. Catherine Jacob who plays Catherine, a 50-year-old teacher and closeted lesbian echoes this sentiment, which is why she is still closeted and at times no better than Louis.
Not Rated but deemed "tous publics" in France or "suitable for all audiences"
Running Time: 1 hr. and 27 mins.
Available on DVD on December 5th.