June 09, 2013

Behind The Candelabra (2013)

Behind The Candelabra (2013)
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Country: USA

Review: Soderbergh doesn’t waste time and returns more consistent than ever behind the camera, to depict the relationship between the eccentric American pianist Liberace, here played by a fantastic Michael Douglas, and his long time younger lover Scott Thorson, played by a very convincing Matt Damon, in one of his best roles of the last times. The film was based on the autobiographical novel written by Thorson, and covers the period since the beginning of their relationship in 1977, until Liberace’s death due to AIDS-related illness in 1987. The story is interesting and often funny, exhibiting not only the exuberance and splendor in the life of these men, but also the jealous and crisis in their relationship, which was increasingly degrading until their rupture in 84. Filmed with accuracy and taste in the details, “Behind the Candelabra” is hilarious and capricious at the same time, showing some incredible scenes that are easily remembered, like when Liberace’s mother wins in an empty slot machine, or when the gay couple started to discuss their sexual life while Liberace was watching pornography. Scott’s dependence on drugs became an important turning point on the couple’s rupture, but Liberace’s need of attention and appetence for younger boys, made us believe that no different ending would have been possible. An interesting biopic and a great piece of entertainment.

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