VIFF 2014: The Sun, the Moon, and the Hurricane suffers from mediocrity

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      The Sun, The Moon, and the Hurricane (Indonesia)

      Rain, comfortable with his same-sex attractions, falls for his brutish "straight" classmate Kris, whose internal conflicts about his sexuality explode when the two become physically intimate. This first third of the film suffers from narrative inertia, but gains momentum when Kris abandons Rain and Rain takes off to Bangkok. There, he falls for the volatile Will, a prostitute from Jakarta, who adds some vitality to the story. Eventually Rain reunites with the still-conflicted Kris, now married to a woman. Alas, bland characters, passable to unconvincing acting, a failure to find intrigue in the banal details of life, and earnest, generic reflections upon love, life, and longing (as well as sexual orientation) leave this film a mediocre attempt at art-house aspirations.

      September 28 (6:30 p.m.) and October 1 (12:15 p.m.) at the Cinematheque.

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