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The Blonde One

by Roger Walker-Dack
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Nov 5, 2019
'The Blonde One'
'The Blonde One'  

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"The Blonde One," Argentinian gay auteur Marco Berger's latest movie, is a slow-burning and extremely sensual romance.

When Juan's brother moves out of his apartment in a Buenos Aires suburb he must find a roommate to replace him. He settles for Gabriel (whom he dubs the Blonde One), who is a colleague at the Woodworking shop where they are both employed.

The two men couldn't be more different. Juan is a party animal, always filling the apartment with his drinking buddies and a whole stream of girls who end up in his bed. Gabo (as he is called) is quiet and subdued, and seemingly friendless; the only highlight in his life is going to his family home, where his parents are bringing up his young daughter.

Gabo is fascinated by Juan's life and is even more intrigued by his meaningful glances and his wandering hands. This being a Marco Berger film, however, the pace is not rushed, and it is some time before the two men actually act on their mutual attraction. What starts out purely as a sexual relationship eventually develops into something deeper than either man had imagined when they completely fall for each other.

They conduct their relationship with the utmost secrecy, with Juan carrying on as before with both the drinking and the womanizing, but now under the puppy eyes glaze of an uncomfortable Gabo watching on.

Berger has a string of successful moves to his name; he again shows his remarkable talent for sheer homoeroticism through the skillful way he allows this sensual and touching relationship unfold at a gentle place. His two lead actors are compelling, turning in touching performances; we get totally immersed in their relationship, even though there is always uncertainty as to whether it will survive when its discovered by the outside.

Totally unmissable.

Roger Walker-Dack, a passionate cinephile, is a freelance writer, critic and broadcaster and the author/editor of three blogs. He divides his time between Miami Beach and Provincetown.


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