Pretty Boy (2005)
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|Alienated by his mother, Nick (Christian Tafdrup) flees his dysfunctional home. Fatherless, he actively seeks out the companionship of older men, finding himself in a relationship with Ralph (Stig Hoffmeyer). Ralph gives Nick a place of temporary refuge, and the two share an interest in the stars as well as a romance.|
However, when Ralph's girlfriend returns from vacation, Ralph chooses her over Nick. Nick then hits the streets, where he joins up with a gang of violent street hustlers who victimize the very men who buy their services. Adopted by this band of violent youth, Nick finds refuge again -- and unexpected first love -- with the gang's only female member, Renee (Benedicte Madsen), an androgynous girl who masquerades as a boy. Things get complicated once Ralph decides he wants Nick back and Renee becomes jealous.
Editor's NoteThis classic of gay cinema traces the violent coming-of-age of a 13-year-old street hustler on the streets of Copenhagen. Alienated from his dysfunctional family, Nick (Christian Tafdrup) hits the streets, making the acquaintance of closeted astronomy professor Ralph, with whom he shares an interest in the stars. The two spend a few happy days together before Ralph's girlfriend returns from vacation. An embittered Nick joins up with a violent group of hustlers who make a living ripping off their customers. There he finds love with the only female member, Renee (Benedicte Madsen), who masquerades as a boy. Eventually, Ralph has second thoughts about his decision, Renee gets jealous, and Nick has to make some important decisions, in a gritty, haunting tale of love won and lost, with stops at all the places in between.
Cast & Crew
|Benedicte W. Madsen|
|Rami Nathan Sverdlin|
|Carsten Sonder - Director|
|Carsten Sonder - Writer|
|Henrik Fleischer - Editor|
|Jacob Banke Olesen - Cinematographer|
|Joachim Holbek - Original Music By|
|Peter Aalbaek Jensen, et. al. - Producer|
|Soren Gam - Production Designer|