2 X 4

24 Oct

2 X 4 –– Directed by Jimmy Smallhorne – gender drama in which an  Irish immigrant faces his homosexuality. 89 minutes color 1998.

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A brilliant film! Beautifully photographed in Dublin and the Bronx, where immigrant Irish males come to make their fortunes in construction, manual labor, and entrepreneurial schemes and scams. Dark and wild, the story tells the coming of age of a powerful alpha male already in his thirties as he grapples with nightmares and day-mares of an inner homoerotic torment. It is brilliantly acted by everyone in it, each character completely convincing in his milieu. The direction and editing are astonishing. The film shows male frontal nudity and scenes of sexual congress, all coincidental to the scenes themselves. Jimmy Smallhorne plays the principal character with complete realism, and he also directed. If you are looking for pornography and the license of a happy-go-lucky gay lifestyle, this is no more that than a Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie is a movie by Ingmar Bergman. This picture is a picture that stands by itself as a masterpiece of no previous genre. Very interesting, completely eccentric, entirely authentic, and told with a narrative skill that is uniquely cinematic. It won the Sundance Award for cinemaphotography.,


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