Part of the wave of ‘honest’ looks at gay relationships in all their messy complications, this film is a case of success despite short-comings – of which there are several: clumsy dialogue, strange costume choices and annoying exposition. Despite all this, Lambert’s tale of two musicians whose love is tested when one is thrown in jail is quite touching and works simply because he gets the relationship so heartbreakingly right. It’s in the details of how right or wrong things can go that the film really shines.
Hors les murs (Jenseits der Mauern) | Directed by David Lambert (Belgium, Canada, France 2012). Starts March 28