Film #237: Three Summers (2006)

tre-somreaka: Tre somre
director: Carlos Augusto de Oliveira
language: Danish
length: 28 minutes
watched on: 23 Oct 2016
Boys on Film 11 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)

This was the fourth film on “Boys on Film 11”, and one thing I was surprised about was that it was released a lot earlier than the others on the DVD. I think the DVD was released either 2013 or 2014, and the other films are all from around 2012 or 2013, but this one feels subtly older even when I was watching it – indeed, it feels like the stuff I was watching when I was 18 or 19, maybe in terms of production value or atmosphere. Makes sense, of course!

The film is set in Denmark – there are two main characters, the older man and the teenage boy. You can tell where it’s going already, and indeed they hook up in the second act (the kid is only 15, though, so not exactly palatable). The film has an explicit three act structure, taking place during three consecutive summer holidays when the man is back in Denmark. The boy is his friends’ son, who comes to visit.

In the first act, the man teases the boy about not having a girlfriend, and says some suggestive things like, don’t get yourself tied down to a woman. The boy comes out to him in private, trusting him as someone impartial, who he doesn’t know well. I was pretty sure the man was already perving on the boy. In the second act, the boy, newly out, sporting a very gay haircut, and making dirty jokes in front of his parents, seduces the man, who has been divorced. In the third act the boy comes back more mellow and confident, which freaks out the man, who has a new girlfriend at that point but obviously isn’t over the boy. The boy walks away with the upper hand at the end of the movie.

It was an interesting piece, a bit longer than the other movies in the set. I’m not sure what to take away from it, perhaps the confidence of youth and the changing attitudes between generations. I enjoyed it, being more to the point than a lot of longer gay movies that I’ve seen.

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