Bedrooms and Hallways (1998)
Director: Rose Troche
Writers: Robert Farrar
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Duration: 96 min
Stars: Kevin McKidd, Julie Graham, Simon Callow
Bedrooms and Hallways is a 1998 comedy-drama film about bisexuality or the fluidity of sexuality. It was written by Robert Farrar and directed by Rose Troche, starring Kevin McKidd, James Purefoy, Tom Hollander, Julie Graham, Simon Callow and Hugo Weaving.
The film opens as Leo (Kevin McKidd), an openly gay man celebrating his 30th birthday, arrives home and is very unhappy to find a surprise-party organised by his roommates Darren (Tom Hollander) and Angie (Julie Graham) in full swing. Leo has a complicated personal history with some of the guests and hides in his bedroom, feeling grumpy and old. The movie then goes into an extended flashback which explains this history.
It turns out that his work colleague had encouraged Leo to attend his weekly men’s group run by New Age type goofball Keith (Simon Callow) whose wife is Sybil (Harriet Walter). There, Leo meets hunky Irishman Brendan (James Purefoy) whom he develops a crush on, which he reluctantly reveals to the group. However Brendan is straight and lives with his ex-girlfriend Sally (Jennifer Ehle) who is later revealed to be Leo’s high school sweetheart. A series of ‘Iron John’ group exercises leads Brendan and Leo to develop a friendship. As they bond, it becomes clear that Brendan’s curiosity towards Leo starts to grow in a sexual escalade. In the men’s group, one of the other groupsmen become very jealous of Leo’s “friendship” with Brendan and that he does not have that with Leo. Brendan fights with the lad over Leo. The friendship is soon to become more, as Brendan appears unexpectedly late one night at Leo’s door and sleeps with him; after which they become something of a couple, to the consternation of one man in their men’s group, though it encourages another, Terry (Con O’Neill), to explore his sexuality.
Meanwhile, flamboyant Darren has met real estate agent Jeremy (Hugo Weaving), who gets a kick out of having sex in houses for sale he has been given the keys to. However, he is not interested into “couply” things, despite Darren’s attempts. Eventually this leads to them having sex with handcuffs and blindfolds in the bedroom of the house which Sally has on the market, during which she unexpectedly returns home. Jeremy abandons Darren, who dumps him. Leo gets close once more with Sally, and ends up kissing her. Feeling guilty, he leaves in a panic, and ends up telling Brendan what happened, who goes ballistic as he still has feelings for Sally. Leo finds himself in a quandary, and decides to confess to Sally that he is the one who is seeing Brendan (Sally had previously believed it was Leo’s roommate Angie). He inadvertently does so while Brendan is there too, and leaves Brendan to face Sally.
The film then returns to the party, where Brendan and Terry get into an argument over Leo and take it outside, where Brendan punches Terry on the nose, who crumples. Brendan asks him to go with him for a drink (the same tactic he had employed with Leo). Thus, Brendan starts dating; Leo’s work colleague and Angie get together; Jeremy and Darren make up; and Leo sleeps with Sally.
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- Director: Rose Troche
- Writers:Robert Farrar
- Genres:Comedy, Romance
- Runtime:96 minutes
- Actors:LeoKevin McKiddAngieJulie GrahamKeithSimon CallowTerryCon O'NeillSybilHarriet WalterAdamChristopher FulfordBrendanJames PurefoySallyJennifer EhleDarrenTom HollanderJeremyHugo Weaving
Keith runs a male bonding group, which was meant to be macho fun, but acts as therapist as dreaded-unmanly emotional and even relational problems prove unavoidable. Openly gay Leo is delighted to find hunky, straight Brendan is a closet-bi and becomes his lover. Things risk ending ugly as it turns out Brendan's girlfriend is Leo's school ex and still able to seduce him.- Written by KGF Vissers
A man enters therapy after many failed relationships and is disconsolate about having any social life. In the group session, he comes clean about his feelings for another group member which leads to a homosexual affair. Then the situation is complicated by the re-union with his original high school sweetheart and the whole thing transcends into sexual ambiguity.- Written by John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Also known as: Kreuz und queer (Germany), Ni en tu casa ni en la mía (Spain), Des chambres et des couloirs (France), Hálószobák és előszobák (Hungary), Camere e corridoi (Italy), Спальни и прихожие (Russia),
- Rating: (2,797 votes)