BEDROOMS AND HALLWAYS: DVD
Leo (Kevin McKidd) intends to spend his 30th birthday on his own, with take away and the telly for company - but his friends, lovers, ex-lovers etc, have a surprise party waiting for him, prompting a flashback to his recent affairs and adventures of the heart as he explores his sexuality, as do his lovers. He even goes to a New Age men's group, where he falls for a straight guy, Brendan (James Purefoy), who is on the rebound from a broken relationship with Sally (Jennifer Ehle). His flatmate Darren (Tom Hollander) has a series of kinky encounters with his lover Jeremy (Hugo Weaving) a real estate agent with the keys to strangers' homes where to conduct these clandestine assignations.
Review by Louise Keller:
There's plenty of colour in Bedrooms and Hallways' characters, as they explore sexuality, friendship and self acceptance. While the performances are marvellously honest, the viewer is kept somewhat at a distance.
There are some genuinely original and amusing moments, with Hugo Weaving delightfully sordid as the randy real estate agent, whose quirk is to borrow clients' houses for his sexual activities. Weaving his way from role to role with great ease, Weaving is so versatile, that he is credible in any role at all. Issues of male bonding and sharing feelings are treated with amusement, although it is always as an onlooker, as opposed to being a participant.
Jennifer Ehle is vibrant and vivacious, adding warmth to her character. I would have liked to have been more involved, but felt a little like a passive observer
Published May 8, 2008
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BEDROOMS AND HALLWAYS: DVD (M)
CAST: Kevin McKidd, Hugo Weaving, Jennifer Ehle, Simon Callow, Harriet Walter, Tom Hollander, Julie Graham, Christopher Fulford, James Purefoy, Paul Hughes
PRODUCER: Dorothy Berwin, Ceci Dempsey
DIRECTOR: Rose Troche
SCRIPT: Robert Farrar
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ashley Rowe
EDITOR: Chris Blunden
MUSIC: Alfredo Troche, Ian MacPherson
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Richard Bridgland
RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Hopscotch Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: February 8, 2008