A gay teenager mopes around Mexico City dreaming of his lost love while having sex with strangers in the handsome but dramatically static drama "A Thousand Clouds of Peace Fence the Sky, Love; Your Being Love Will Never End." Pic's nabbing of the main award from Berlin fest's gay jury ensures invites to such specialty fests.

A gay teenager mopes around Mexico City dreaming of his lost love while having sex with strangers in the handsome but dramatically static drama “A Thousand Clouds of Peace Fence the Sky, Love; Your Being Love Will Never End.” Pic’s nabbing of the main “Teddy” award from Berlin fest’s international gay jury ensures never-ending invites to such specialty fests, while theatrical and ancillary action will be vigorous among niche players and like-minded auds.

“People should realize that it’s their obligation to be happy,” someone says, but that’s proving an elusive goal for 17-year-old Gerardo (Juan Carlos Ortuno), who has broken up with b.f. Bruno (Juan Carlos Torres). This leads to series of empty sexual encounters in a vain search for comfort. Helmer Julian Hernandez seems more interested in Gerardo’s inner journey than in exposition. Tech package is pic’s strong suite, with velvety B&W images of lenser Diego Arizmendi, punctuated with extreme close-ups. Pic is helmer Julian Hernandez’ feature debut after seven shorts with similarly Brobdingnagian titles.

A Thousand Clouds of Peace Fence the Sky, Love; Your Being Love Will Never End

Mexico

Production

A Mil Nubes Cinema, Morelos Cinematographic Cooperative production. Produced by Roberto Fiesco. Directed, written by Julian Hernandez.

Crew

Camera (B&W), Diego Arizmendi; editors, Jacobo Hernandez, Emiliano Arenales Osorio. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 15, 2003. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Juan Carlos Ortuno, Juan Torres, Perla de la Rosa, Salvador Alvarez, Rosa Maria Gomez, Mario Oliver, Clarisa Rendon, Salvador Hernandez, Pablo Molina.
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