No one tells you what it means to be a good mother, muses a woman at the beginning of Melting Away directed by Doron Eran (Israel) 2011; I only asked after I lost him.
When Assaf’s parents discover he’s a cross-dresser, they lock him out of the house. However, four years later, after his father is hospitalized with terminal cancer, his mother hires a private detective to locate Assaf.
A subplot involves a young man living with his widowed mother. He and his partner are inseparable but he’s conflicted about coming out.
How these two mothers deal with difficult circumstances is an integral part of the work. Empathy and compassion are key qualities to any positive and healthy relationship.
Free Fall directed by Stephan Lacant (Germany) 2013 is about a romantic relationship that develops in a police academy between two male cadets. One man seems determined to break all the rules and to undermine the very foundation of the organization he’s a part of. Even risking the brutal reaction of colleagues within the ranks.
As the other man, Marc, struggles to understand himself, he can’t count on either of his parents for useful guidance or emotional support. The mother is cold and distant, the father more willing to tolerate violence than accept deviance from provincial, conventional norms.
Both feature films were screened during Frameline 37, the 2013 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Free Fall, my favorite feature at the festival, will be available on DVD at Wolf Video.
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