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Blue Citrus Hearts (2003)

Cast: Joshua Peter Laurenzi, Paul Foster, Emily Fry, more...
Director: Morgan Jon Fox
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Ariztical
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Coming of Age , Features
Running Time: 100 min.

Blue Citrus Hearts is the story of a boy who loves a boy. Sam and Julian are high school best friends full of vibrant teen angst. This is their bittersweet tale of moving poetry and the unique experience of boy love in Memphis. Sam's struggle against an abusive father, his oblivious girlfriend, and thoughts of suicide clash while his affection deepens for Julian.

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Love Song To Outcasts by ZenBones February 11, 2005 - 2:53 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This is a simple story that follows the angst of an outcast teenager who also has gay issues. It's a very personal film so at the end of the day, your appreciation of it will depend on your own experiences, regardless of whether you're gay or straight. I've seen countless films about teenage angst that never hit a single chord for me, but this one hit most of them, so I'm very grateful. Be warned though, it may take you a while to settle into this film. The camera bobs around so much you'll wonder if the cameraman is hopping around barefoot on a searing hot pavement, and the whole film has that all-too-familiar blue tint that even Hollywood movies of late have adopted. But the film anchors down after the first thirty minutes or so, and at least there is a sense that the camera movements and hue are there to express the emotions of the characters, not the director. The film also has - dare-I-say - a Cassavetes-like approach in its uses of silence, awkwardness, and improvisation. The teens in this film are intelligent in the most refreshing way, yet like most teens who can't even begin to comprehend the tangle of thoughts and emotions in their heads, they are realistically inarticulate. Most of the writing and poetry the lead character writes for instance is appropriately heartfelt and genuine, but still, it is the writing of an eighteen-year-old amateur. Joshua Peter Laurenzi gives a beautiful, unadorned, honest performance, and the score that's used through most of the film (especially the last scene!) is both haunting and gritty (think Popul Vuh meets Neil Young). There are a few rough edges throughout this thing, particularly the father-son dynamic, which I thought was somewhat stereotyped. But overall I give it a B+ for being an honest film about REAL teenage angst. Which is to say... if you spent most of your teens sitting away from the crowd with only books and music to give you a sense of hope that MAYBE you just might make it to age twenty, this film is for you.

beautiful little film by afrazier February 11, 2005 - 12:04 PM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Shot in a fluid, semi-verite style, this is a sweet little film with an absolutely amazing ending. Everything that independent film should be, definitely not for the GLBT crowd alone. This one is for everyone.

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(Average 4.46)
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