Pandora's Box of questions that, once asked, need to be further explored, if not answered fully, since those answers will most likely differ from person to person. Mr. Berger, shown at right, appears (on the basis of what we see and hear in Plan B) too smart a guy and too good a filmmaker not to know what he has wrought in his little rom-com-cum-stealth-missile. Is gay attraction and behavior absolutely built-in or can it be learned? Can two presumably straight guys fall in romantic love over the long haul merely by spending time together and growing attached? If so, just how malleable is sexuality?
Kinsey and other sex researchers have tried to answer questions like these, but given the strictures places on sexuality by religion and social mores, not to mention mankind's (male version) tendency to want to appear as macho as possible, getting an honest reading on the subject seems well nigh impossible. All of which makes Berger's little effort the more subversively explosive.
Wolfe Video, increasingly important as a source for GLBT films, is the distributor of Plan B, which became available for sale or rent on October, 26, 2010 --and now can be streamed via Netflix.
campaign on Kickstarter. The campaign -- to raise some $40,000 in the next four weeks (27 days actually remain) ends of October 19, so if any of my readers out there can come up with extra money (and yes, I know how difficult that is these days), please do.
I think Berger is among the better young filmmakers working today. I am still hoping to be able to see his second film, Absent, about which I hear wonderful things but can currently only be "Saved" on Netflix (which is often not a good sign re actual availability, ever).
here, please, and take a good long look at Hawaii's Kickstarter campaign. Watch the filmmaker's intro/trailer (it's lovely), read about the film and what Berger hopes to accomplish, and if you are able, contribute.
Normally TM would wait until all of a particular post was available before he posted. But because I want to get world out ASAP about this Hawaii campaign, I am posting now. As soon as I hear back from the filmmaker about his responses to my above review of Plan B, what he agrees with and what he doesn't -- a critic is not usually lucky enough to get this kind of feedback from a filmmaker (at least this one isn't) so I am looking forward to learning what he thinks -- I'll get the remainder of this post up.
M.B.: I think your analysis of the film is brilliant.
TM: I don't know that even I would go that far. But thanks!
It is true I wanted to question sexuality, taste and the roots of desire & attraction, but I don't dare to answer, just to question.
I am glad to hear you say that because, I don't know that any of us has many answers regarding sexuality -- except maybe where we ourselves are concerned.
What you describe above is one of the most difficult things for a person to do, I believe. But I also think Plan B comes as close to helping us achieve this as any other movie I've seen.
Some of your doubts about the film are mysterious to me, even if I made the film.
You mean about the shots of the architecture?
Right. And you really do let us get into their mind and feelings.
So I could say Plan B is a gay film but also is oriented to everyone, to make them think about the meaning of choosing something different. The biggest challenge of the film is to make ANY spectator wish that these two end up together. Thank you very much again for the review and I hope this explanation fills some of your doubts.