Johns get a little more than the petite mort they ordered from an aging hustler in "Our Paradise," from wildly uneven Gallic actor-turned-director Gael Morel ("Three Dancing Slaves," "Apres lui").
Johns get a little more than the petite mort they ordered from an aging hustler in “Our Paradise,” from wildly uneven Gallic actor-turned-director Gael Morel (“Three Dancing Slaves,” “Apres lui”). Plodding drama about a murderous rentboy past his prime doesn’t seem to have more than one thing at a time on the brain, and often not even that; it’s never clear, for example, whether the man’s much-lamented advanced age — we’re talking mid-30s — is somehow related to his violent compulsions. Promise of a subtitled sexy time should nonetheless put some butts in seats at queer fests.
Colleagues tell the not-unattractive, in-search-of-work Vassili (Morel regular Stephane Rideau) that they have clients younger than he is. A professional collaboration with a young, angelic co-worker (Dimitri Durdaine) only sometimes does the trick and becomes more complicated when the two fall in love. Nonsensical subplots, involving not only murder but also a fag-hag acquaintance (Beatrice Dalle) and her kid son (Mathis Morisset), further dilute interest, though frequent full frontals might keep not-too-demanding auds hooked. “My Own Private Idaho,” this isn’t, however, with the just-average tech package delivering neither the grit nor the lyricism intended.