Sunday, 6 February 2011
Giovanna Zacarías in "Rabioso Sol, Rabioso Cielo" [2009 Mexico]
Julián Hernández is a fine young director from Mexico, and most of his films relate to gay-themes. His 2009 film, "Rabioso Sol, Rabioso Cielo" [Eng. Title: Raging Sun, Raging Sky] is for the most part in black and white, and colour is gradually added through the film until the end, just as the protagonists' love matures. It is excellently done and I can see the director had sought inspiration from some classic filmmakers, notably Pier Paolo Pasolini (Edipo Re), Michelangelo Antonioni (Zabriskie Point), even Godard (2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle), and above all, Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo). But unfortunately for me, some passages in the film were a bit tedious - perhaps because of the abundance of overtly gay sex scenes which is not really my cup of tea. But a very good film nevertheless.
The only heterosexual scene in the film happens at the beginning, when Tatei meets up with her boyfriend and has passionate sex. It is beautifully shot - and the characters portray true affection for one another. Tatei is played by the lovely Giovanna Zacarías.