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Boulevard (2014)

 

Director: Dito Montiel
Writer: Douglas Soesbe
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Language: English
Duration: 88 min
Release Date: 10 July 2015 (USA)

 

Stars: Robin Williams, Roberto Aguire, Kathy Baker, Bob Odenkirk

Nolan je 60-togodišnji  bankar, koji je veći dio svog radnog vijeka proveo u braku sa ženom koji poštuje i voli. Savršeno ispunjavajući sve što se od njega očekuje brine o ocu koji teško bolestan svoje poslednje dane provodi u staračkom domu.

Njegov idilični život narušava slučajan susret sa mladom gay prostitukom,, momkom po imenu Leo, koji nudi seksualne usluge kako bi mogao isplatiti makroa i dilera drogom.
Nolan u maladom Leu vidi sebe u mladim danima u dobu kada je shvatio da je gay ali ništa po tom pitanju nije uradio. Odbacujući taj dio sopstvene ličnosti, živio je onako kako se to i očekuje u jednom malom provincijskom gradiću.
Odbijajući svaki pokušaj da odnos sa Leom pretvori u seksualno iskustvo, Nolan pokušava da stvori jedan intimni, iskreni prijateljski odnos u kojem bi mladoj pederskoj kurvi pomogao da započne jedan novi život, onakav kakav se on nikada nije usudio imati.

Robin Wiliams u ovom svom, na žalost poslijednjem filmu maestralno igra ulogu čovjeka koji je shvatio da do svoje 60-te godine nije ispunio sebe u strahu da ne iznevjeri porodicu i prijatelje.
Da li je kasno da se tu nešto promjeni?

 

 

 

Mnogi danjašnji gay momci, ali i odrasle osobe žive tuđim nametnutim životim, sputavajući sopstvene želje i nadanja.
Oženjeni, profesionalno ispunjeni, sa prijateljima koji ih okružuju prožive ćitav jedan život na kraju kojeg ostaju prazni.
Jedan moj prijatelj koji će uskoro napuniti 60 godina priznao mi je da se osjeća prazno, neispunjeno i emotivno osakaćen. Dok je bio mlad skakao je kao sumanut od jednog do drugog muškarca i ponekad zalutao do neke cure. Onako izrazito zgodan, snažnog muškog izgleda uživao je u čarima seksa i dobrog provoda ne primjećujući da vrijeme čini svoje i nemilosrdno ga izbacuje iz filma u kojem je živio.
Da li je kasno da tu nešto promjeni i ljude počne da posmatra kao osobe sa kojim bi trebalo podijeliti nešto više od kurca i dupeta?

Inače ovaj film sve do nedavno nije mogao biti dostupan širem auditorijumu jer nije bilo distributera koji bi htjeli distribuirati film po kinima. Konačno Starz Digital je potpisao ugovor i film je počeo sa prikazivanjem 17.juna ove godine.

Peter Debruge
Chief International Film Critic

In “Boulevard,” a middle-aged married man picks up a gay hustler on the Nashville street where hookers hang out, pays the kid for company instead of sex, and ever-so-gradually begins to confront the secret identity he’s suppressed for so long. Knowing that man is played by Robin Williams (in morose rather than manic mode) tells you everything you need to know about the film, which is well written, acted and directed, and yet somehow never manages to surprise. That approach has its advantages, however, making the unfulfilled character’s sexuality almost secondary to the ways in which straight audiences can relate.

As best friend Winston (Bob Odenkirk) puts it in the film, “Maybe it’s never too late to start living the life you really want” — an optimistic philosophy that may as well be the mantra for a project director Dito Montiel (“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”) felt compelled to make after his parents split up late in life. Though some might assume the window to begin a new relationship would have already closed for singles in their 60s, such stories aren’t uncommon. In many respects, the true challenge is finding the courage to break free of the familiar routine that holds one back, which is certainly the case for Williams’ character, Nolan Mack.

Nolan leads a comfortable life. He works a demanding yet unexceptional job at a Nashville bank, and shares his home with an exceptional yet undemanding wife, Joy (Kathy Baker), with whom he splits the domestic tasks each day before the two split up and find their way to separate bedrooms at night. These two are a bit older than the couple in “American Beauty,” but one needn’t look much closer to detect that something’s missing in their marriage.

By now, Williams is such a pro at playing forlorn souls saddled with heavy baggage, Monteil doesn’t even need to show said baggage via flashback (which makes Nolan’s monologue to his bedridden dad all the more unnecessary). Still, this is one of the kindest characters Williams has ever played, which makes his self-imposed turmoil — the consequence of not wanting to hurt anyone, least of all his wife — all the more tragic. Tapping into that same loneliness felt in “One Hour Photo” and “Good Will Hunting,” the actor projects a regret so deep and identifiable, viewers should have no trouble connecting it to whatever is missing in their own lives — whether those regrets are romantic, sexual, professional or spiritual.

Returning home from a visit to his father in the retirement home one night, Nolan upsets his routine with a rare impulsive decision. He’s driven by the streetwalkers who line the boulevard countless times without ever so much as acknowledging them. Now, for some reason, he pulls up alongside them, clearly trying to muster the courage to speak to one of them when a young man steps in front of his car. Despite his tawdry profession and strung-out look, Leo (Roberto Aguire) may as well be an angel fallen from heaven, and Nolan accepts the offer to give him a ride without ever collecting on the implied double entendre.

For Leo, the relationship would be easier if it were physical. He doesn’t know how to interpret Nolan’s interest, which doesn’t seem to be sexual. It’s as if a lifelong vegetarian had suddenly walked into a steakhouse, and instead of ordering dinner, merely wanted to admire the meat. His appetite in check, Nolan’s instinct is to be protective: He offers to pay more than Leo asks for his company, and invites him on a date to the nicest restaurant he knows, where he runs into his boss (Henry Haggard) but salvages the situation with a bad lie (rather than re-creating the double-duty setpiece from “Mrs. Doubtfire”). He even intercedes in a fight with Nolan’s pimp, resulting in a tough-to-explain black eye.

Nolan has been even-keeled for so long that no one is fooled when he denies that something’s going on, though no one would expect the truth, either — well, almost no one, though that piercing revelation is the pic’s lone twist. The rest is polite and accessible, patiently swept along by David Wittman’s sensitive score. The details (as in a lovely scene where we learn what the movie “Masculin feminin” means to the married couple) are precious in a film that trades specificity for tasteful relatability, but that’s what the assignment seems to demand, as “Boulevard” builds to a series of confrontations in which Nolan can no longer deny his passions and must instead choose the road not taken.
Source: Variety.com

30 minute interview with Dito Montiel


Boulevard (2014)

  • Director: Dito Montiel

  • Writers:
    Douglas Soesbe
     

  • Country:USA

  • Genre:Drama

  • Runtime:88 minutes

  • Actors:
    Nolan Mack
    Robin Williams
    Winston
    Bob Odenkirk
    Joy
    Kathy Baker
    Eddie
    Giles Matthey
    Leo
    Roberto Aguire
    Patty
    Eleonore Hendricks
    Cat
    J. Karen Thomas
    Brad
    Brandon Hirsch
    Student
    Clay Jeffries
    Mark
    Landon Marshall

  • Language:English

  • Plot:

    A devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced to confront his secret life.

    - Written by
    Anonymous

  • Also known as: Бульвар (Russia),

  • Rating: (278 votes)

Biography
An Academy Award-winning actor and multiple Grammy-winning performer unparalleled in the scope of his imagination, Robin Williams continued to add to his repertoire of indelible characters.

Williams, who began his career as a stand-up comedian, wrapped his 2009 critically acclaimed, sold-out, Weapons of Self Destruction comedy tour as one of the most successful stand-up comedy tours of the year. Over the course of the tour, Williams performed 90 shows in 65 cities in front of 300,000 fans across the country, as well as in London and Canada. Since its launch in September 2008, the tour grossed an astounding $40 million. Weapons was taped over two nights at Washington, DC's DAR Constitution Hall and premiered on December 6 on HBO as the network's highest rated stand-up comedy special of the year. Well known for his free-associative monologues and for pointing out life's absurdities through his astute social and political observations, Williams' previous comedy tour was in 2002. After a 16-year absence from the stand-up scene, he hit the road and toured America with a critically acclaimed one-man show that became the highest-grossing comedy tour ever and culminated in a final performance filmed by HBO and broadcast live from New York on July 14, 2002. The special, entitled Robin Williams: Live On Broadway, was nominated for five Emmy Awards. On the big screen, Williams was recently seen starring in the dark comedy, World's Greatest Dad. The film premiered to raves at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and Robin's performance has been touted as one of the best of his career. Bobcat Goldthwait directed the film, which was released by Magnolia Pictures at the end of August 2009.

In 1997, Williams received an Oscar and Screen Actors Guild award for his performance as 'Sean Maguire,' the therapist who counsels Matt Damon's math genius character in Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting. The Academy previously nominated Williams for best actor in The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society, and Good Morning Vietnam. Williams garnered a special honor from the National Board of Review for his performance opposite Robert DeNiro in Awakenings. In 2004, Williams received the prestigious Career Achievement Award from the Chicago International Film festival and, in 2005, the HFPA honored him with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

Williams' filmography includes a number of blockbusters. In 1993, he starred in Chris Columbus' Mrs. Doubtfire. For Mike Nichols, Williams portrayed 'Armand Goldman' in The Birdcage, for which the cast won a SAG ensemble award. In 1996, both The Birdcage and Jumanji reached the $100 million mark in the USA in exactly the same week. Williams went on to assume the dual roles of Peter Pan/Peter Banning in Steven Spielberg's Hook, to play a medical student who treats patients with humor in Patch Adams and to star in Disney's Flubber. In 2006, Robin appeared opposite Ben Stiller in the hit comedy, Night at the Museum. To date, the film has earned over $250 million in the United States alone. In May 2009 he reprised his role as 'Teddy Roosevelt' in the sequel, Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, which so far has earned another $400 million for the franchise worldwide. In addition, Williams' award-winning vocal talents helped propel the Warner Bros. animated film, Happy Feet, to another $200 million box office, as well as the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

Robin Williams first captured the attention of the world as 'Mork from Ork' on the hit series Mork & Mindy. Born in Chicago and raised in both Michigan and California, he trained at New York's Julliard School under John Houseman. Williams made his cinematic debut as the title character in Robert Altman's Popeye. Additional early motion picture credits include Paul Mazursky's Moscow on the Hudson, in which he played a Russian musician who decides to defect, and The World According to Garp, George Roy Hill's adaptation of John Irving's acclaimed best-selling novel about a writer and his feminist mother. More recent credits include Sony Pictures' hit comedy, R.V., Barry Levinson's political comedy, Man of the Year, License to Wed, opposite John Krasinski and Mandy Moore and Old Dogs opposite John Travolta. In a departure from the usual comedic and family fare he is best known for, Williams collaborated with two accomplished young directors on dramatic thrillers. For Christopher Nolan, he starred opposite Al Pacino as reclusive novelist 'Walter Finch,' the primary suspect in the murder of a teenaged girl in a small Alaskan town, in Insomnia. In Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo, Williams played a photo lab employee who becomes obsessed with a young suburban family.

Using only his voice, Williams created one of the most vivid characters in recent memory - the 'Blue Genie of the Lamp' in Disney's Aladdin. The performance redefined how animations were voiced. Audio versions of his one-man shows and the children's record "Pecos Bill," have won him five Grammy Awards. More recently Williams lent his vocal talents to the blockbuster hit animated feature Robots.

Williams' stage credits include a landmark production of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Steve Martin and, most recently, the Broadway show "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" in which Williams took the lead role of the tiger. In 2006 he particpated in a short run in San Francisco of "The Exonerated," which tells the true stories of six innocent survivors of death row. Offstage, Williams took great joy in supporting causes too numerous to identify -covering the spectrum from health care and human rights, to education, environmental protection, and the arts. He has toured the Middle East four times to help raise morale among the troops and is, perhaps, best known philanthropically for his affiliation with "Comic Relief," which was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization to help America's homeless. To date, the overall efforts of the "Comic Relief" organization have raised over $50 Million.

On August 11, 2014 Robin Williams passed away.

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