Title: Graupel Poetry

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Year: 2012

Genre: Independent / Drama / Thriller

Language: Chinese

Runtime: 77 min

Director: Bruce X. Saxway

Writer: Bruce X. Saxway

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2139953/

The brothers Leung and Ming has grown an intimate relationship, when Ming is staying with Leung to pursue his acting career. Their strong love, which was once undeniable, is slowly fading when Leung feels like he's living in the shadow of his brother. It's starting to tear at Leung's sanity.

Our thoughts:
I believe we live in a time where most people accept most deviations of "the norm" (whatever that might be) - especially homosexuality. As long as it doesn't hurt a person (so rape is still wrong, right?) and all that yadda. But one thing that will probably remain taboo is incestous relationships! "Graupel Poetry" deals with just that, though I was a bit confused whether they were real brothers or not. Either way, it's incest-ish and filled with homo-erotic scenes. Building a movie around this is fine, but when you feel like you've gotten the point about 10-15 min into it then you have to wonder if they couldn't have filled it with more content. It seems at times like the idea of this movie is more important than the execution: to make a movie about brothers in love.

The story is about these two brothers (they may or may not be full brothers) who are an intimate relationship. When one of them gets more success as an actor it's starting to hurt the relationship, but the real focus at hand is the girl. Yes, one of the brothers has a pregnant girlfriend. It's a triangle drama of a rather shallow degree, but at least it works itself into a little thriller mystery after a while. Just a little bit, though.

While the movie does sound like an entirely typical drama, I will give it credit for having some interesting scenes that were either dreams or mental images. There has been some thought put on the editing and placement of scenes, and that does indeed make this slightly better. Although with the plot still feeling like it mostly wanted to be taboo, it couldn't be saved by this aspect.

The acting is not too bad, nor is it a poorly made movie. The problems aren't in the technical department at all - some scenes even stood out as quite appealing. But the issue is simply that it's not an interesting story to tell. It might have sounded interesting, yet it was missing a few key ingredients. As it is now, it's not really an intriguing drama or a very interesting thriller.

It's very likely that "Graupel Poetry" will find its audience, but I don't think the majority of you will enjoy it. I didn't find much in this one. Most of the time is spent at repetitive scenes and just a little hint of development. I think they should have spent more time developing the thriller mystery than they did showing that the relationship between the brothers wasn't all groovy. I know there are people who strictly look for movies with a gay theme, and I suppose then you might want to check this out. You completist, you!

Positive things:
- Not poorly made at all, to be honest.
- The addition of some psychological stuff.

Negative things:
- Doesn't have a very interesting story to tell.
- Seemed like there was more focus on the plot outline.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

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