The Acrobat 2019
L’acrobate (original title)
2h 14min | Drama | 2 October 2019 (Canada)
Montreal is snowed under. While the downtown cranes dance their hypnotic ballet, two strangers meet randomly in an unfinished apartment. Their chance encounter leads to a violent attraction and a dependency beyond reason. One man is a Russian-born professional acrobat whose future is jeopardized by a broken leg. The other is a buttoned-down, well groomed man of few words. Which one dominates? Which one manipulates? As it turns out, love is painful and human relations are complex.
There is no doubt that the acrobat will have his share of detractors, those unaccustomed to so much freedom from male homosexuality. No doubt also that this is a film elegant in its form, minimalist in its approach, more visceral than demonstrative, really brave in these times, daring to show what should not be done without asking permission. Pleasant despite its clinical presentation of the sexual act.
In the masculine, to try the devil more than anything, without really wanting to. On the menu: erection, fellatio, assisted masturbation, penetration and other unusual ingredients. The most open of spectators is surprised, almost shocked before grasping the particular approach of a filmmaker, shy in real life, but risking everything for the whole on screen.
Director: Rodrigue Jean
Writer: Rodrigue Jean
Stars: Sxc3xa9bastien Ricard, Yury Paulau, Victor Fomine
Language: French | Russian | English
Release Date: 2 October 2019 (Canada)
Also Known As: The Acrobat
Filming Locations: Montreal, Quebec, Canada