I’ve been to Rochefort twice and I was not, sadly, propositioned by a sailor so I’m afraid to say this is not realistic.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 1974
I feel like I’ve waited my whole life for a cerebral horror film that refracts the existential terror of trying to survive as a queer person in a homophobic world through the gripping and frightening lens of genre storytelling.
Sadly, this is not that film.
Despite some handsome, but generic camerawork and a conceit that’s moderately novel and engrossing, this is a mess. The acting is all over the place, the tone and pace are hampered by a jumble of tropes and cliches and, most disappointingly, although the subject of homophobia is addressed constantly, the movie doesn’t even come close to acknowledging the protagonist’s blackness.