This classic of gay cinema traces the violent coming-of-age of a 13-year-old street hustler on the streets of Copenhagen. Alienated from his dysfunctional family, Nick (Christian Tafdrup) hits the streets, making the acquaintance of closeted astronomy professor Ralph, with whom he shares an interest in the stars. The two spend a few happy days together before Ralph's girlfriend returns from vacation. An embittered Nick joins up with a violent group of hustlers who make a living ripping off their customers. There he finds love with the only female member, Renee (Benedicte Madsen), who masquerades as a boy. Eventually, Ralph has second thoughts about his decision, Renee gets jealous, and Nick has to make some important decisions, in a gritty, haunting tale of love won and lost, with stops at all the places in between.
Studio: Wolfe Video Release Date: 09/13/2005 Run time: 86 minutes Rating: Nr
"Pretty Boy" Searching for a Dad Amos Lassen The story of Nick, a disillusioned teenager, is the subject of "Pretty Boy", a Danish film, originally made in 1993 and now available on DVD. Nick has missed opportunities for a happy life and falls in with a group of thieves and hustlers while looking for a father figure. "Pretty Boy" takes a look at the sordid world of male prostitution and anonymous gay sex as well as the theme of … more
Pros: Nothing Cons: Every single frame The Bottom Line: There is no reason for anyone to watch this; there was no reason to make it. Plot Details: This opinion reveals everything about the movie''s plot. The film starts on a train and ends on a train 80 minutes later. Pretty Boy’s eighty minutes between train scenes is the outline for a longer movie that would suck too. The user comment … more
'Smukke dreng' ('Pretty Boy') is a 1993 Danish film that is only now being released on DVD - and in a version that has eliminated the original degree of nudity. Though it is being marketed as a gay film and though the story deals with male prostitution, there is little gay sexual activity and a lot of heterosexual activity. Makes one wonder about the international editing...the story could use the original setting! Nick (Christian Tafdrup) is 13 years old, fatherless, and … more