American Translation 2010
115 mins France Director. Pascal Ascandes Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr
A sexually ambiguous Frenchman tours his native countryside with his naive American lover in pursuit of the ultimate thrill. From the moment they meet, brooding Chris (Pierre Perrier) and the beautiful Aurore (Lizzie Brocherè) fall instantly and passionately in love but it’s not long before their intense connection is consumed by Chris’s dark obsession with gay men. Before long, the pair embarks on a violent and sexual journey filled with seduction and destruction of young gay hustlers.
This hard-hitting, intensely sexy and wildly controversial thriller from cult director Jean-Marc Barr is a twisted Bonnie and Clyde for a new generation. While its arguably problematic depiction of gay murder ensures its status as a contentious selection for Flare/LLGFF 2012, it remains a provocative thriller that inspires debate.