Review: ‘All Boys’

"All Boys" examines a Prague-based segment of the gay porn industry specializing in "fresh faces."

“All Boys” examines a Prague-based segment of the gay porn industry specializing in “fresh faces,” the younger (but legal) the better. Any biz where you can “age out” by 20 is bound to be somewhat depressing and exploitative, as borne out by Markku Heikkinen’s non-judgmental documentary. At the same time, this absorbing feature shows complicated, somewhat shadowy personalities at the mercy of the global marketplace as well as their personal demons. Avoiding graphic imagery, pic could score exposure among more adventuresome programmers beyond gay fests.

Arriviste to a post-perestroika Prague porn explosion already well in progress, U.S. expat Dan Komar made the first “bareback” gay feature there, and some blame him for the fact that little produced locally since involves condoms. Komar co-habits with models, living out a lifelong fantasy. Yet he’s as pleasant as he is creepy, an opportunist earnestly disappointed when former proteges go off the deep end or competing productions kill his profit margin. Ex-lover Ruda Prochazka, aka Aaron Hawke, goes from homeless runaway to international porn fave before sinking into tragic (if cloudy) dire straits. Electronic score highlights the overall sharp assembly, clunky English-language narration aside.

All Boys

Finland-Denmark

Production

A Kinotar production in association with YLE Co-Prods. (International sales: First Hand Films, Zurich.) Produced by Cilla Werning. Executive producer, Lasse Saarinen. Co-producers, Elise Lund Larsen, Vibele Vogel/Bullitt Film. Directed, written by Markku Heikkinen.

Crew

Camera (color, DigiBeta), Hannu Vitikainen, Heikkinen; editor, Joona Louhivouri; music, Tobias Wilner. Reviewed at Frameline (Documentaries), San Francisco, June 24, 2010. (Also in NewFest.) Running time: 72 MIN.

With

Dan Komar, Ruda Prochazka, Josef Rychtecky, Petr Sokub, Alan Pelikan, Michael Taubenheim. (English, Czech, German, Finnish dialogue)
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