What to watch: The French Boys – short films that explore the queer experience
If you’ve got an eye for French Boys, then this series of short film compilations from NQV Media is probably what you’re looking for.
NQV have put together four volumes of short films about queer French boys, and the first two volumes are now available.
The French Boys: Volume 1
The first volume of The French Boys includes five stories.
So Long, Paris! – directed by Charles Dudoignon-Valade
What happens when a runaway child, refusing to accept the divorce of their parents, discovers that one of them is in a relationship with another man? Wandering through the cobbled streets of Paris, the night provides all the answers that are needed in this delightful love letter to a city famed for its eccentric inhabitants, bright lights and never-ending reverie.
Cast: Arthur Igual, Paul Gaël Kamilindi, Lucy Pouchoulin
Freed – directed by Josza Anjembe
A few days after he’s released from prison, twenty-year-old Issa encounters a new inmate, Gaëtan. As rumours begin to swirl of his imminent release, Issa must do all he can to keep a lid on his emotions – and impulses.
Cast: Alassane Diong, Yoann Zimmer, Emile Fofana, Steven Dagrou, Nacima Bekthaoui
Vincent Before Noon – directed by Guillaume Mainguet
A father arrives at his son Vincent’s studio and interrupts him in the middle of moving house. Conflict has kept them apart for many years and, although vulnerable, Vincent’s father announces the reason for his visit. In a few minutes, anger, memories, and entangled points of view overwhelm the two men.
Cast: Jacques Bonnaffé, Mathias Labelle
Sunset Cemetery – directed by Roman Kané
Joseph isn’t particularly happy, although he hides it rather well. The day his brother dies, the certainty sets in that life will pass him by. To ensure this doesn’t happen, one evening, he gives in to his desire.
Cast: Quentin Dolmaire, Théo Augier, Julien Gaspar-Oliveri, Lou Chrétien-Février
Beauty Boys – directed by Florent Gouëlou
In a small village, aspiring drag artist Leo and his big brother – aspiring rapper Jules – enter themselves in a talent competition. On the big night, surprises are in store not only for the townsfolk but the siblings and their friends.
Cast: Simon Royer, Marvin Dubart, Mathias Houngnikpo, Louise Malek
The French Boys: Volume 2
The second volume of The French Boys includes four stories.
Falling – directed by Benjamin Vu
In the winter of 1994 in the French suburbs, Léo and Baptiste, two polar opposite students, meet up one evening to work on a school presentation.
Cast: Solal Forte, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant
The Return – directed by Yohann Kouam
It’s been a year since his big brother Theo left, and fifteen year old Willy, who has always looked up to him, can’t wait for him to return. Meanwhile, at school Willy has fallen in with a bad crowd, and their bullying ways brings him to a turning point in his life: go with the herd, or stand up for your brothers?
Cast: Yann Gael, Adama Procida, Ernest Pokossy, Ismaël Alexandrine, Régis Anguiar, Sileymane Dramé, Augustin Ruhabura, Christopher Mompongo
Footing – directed by Damien Gault
One winter morning, a father and his son go for a jog. Along the way, we understand that a gap has grown between Marco, a Parisian who has come to spend a few days in the countryside, and Jean-Claude, a retired policeman who doesn’t talk much. Their love is present, but barriers and modesty hold them back from expressing it.
Cast: Manuel Vallade, Philippe de Jacquelin Dulphé, Catherine Giron
The Swimming Trunks – directed by Mathilde Bayle
On holiday on a campsite by the seaside, ten year old Remy is fascinated by Stephan, the father of one of his playmates. This is a new, confusing feeling for him. Nobody knows what he is going through, especially not handsome Stephan. As his imagination runs away with him, the holiday draws to a close, but Remy makes sure that he will cherish not just the memory of this first step into adolescence, but something more.
Cast: Roger Manning, Stanley Weber, Inès Giardino, Carole Franck