First good news to Florida residents. Little Ashes will be closing this year's 2009 Miami and Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival!Little Ashes will be screened on May 3 at 6:30pm in the Colony Theatre. Tickets for members are $15 and $20 for non-members. For ticket information, simply click on the link. (Thanks to LA Promotional Blitz and Brittany for the tip :)
You know our Hannah from the "Comments" section and CB? Well she went to see Little Ashes at the Belfast Film Festival last night and here is her review for "mature" audiences :))
I am rating this review R. Don't read if you are under 18 :)
Somebody said I should have put a spoiler alert on this review. I am quite the spoilerphobe myself but I didn't see anything that wasn't already in the trailers. But still, here is your spoiler alert :)) The review talks about some of the scenes in the movie.
Little Ashes Review
I am no less than delighted to say that I attended the Little Ashes Irish Premiere in Belfast. To me, my Little Ashes ticket was like Charlie's Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka's factory. I honestly was bursting at the seams with excitement! I will hold my hands up and admit that there were 2 main reasons for my impatient excitement; One being Rob and Two being Naked Rob! Well ladies, I am happy to say he delivers on all accounts :D
The Film Festival organisers introduced Paul Morrison (Director), Javier Beltram (Lorca) and Marina Gatell (Magdelena) to present the movie. Paul Morrison was very grateful for all the support Little Ashes was receiving already and hopeful that it's audience would feel 'the something special' that the cast and crew felt they were creating while filming.
Little Ashes focuses on, what is essentially, the love story between Salvador Dali and Fredrico Garcia Lorca. Their friendship begins with a mutual passion of the arts and it develops in to a strong but suffering love affair.
Throughout the movie, Dali transforms from a loveable eccentric artist with big ideas to a fame hungry and overtly anomalous character. By the end of the movie, Dali has become surrealism personified. Rob not only portrays this entirely but also does it in a way that we empathize with Dali and his agonized love for Lorca. He also had the audience in fits of laughter with his quirky expressions, outspokenness and bizarre 'Dali dance' (I’m sure you have all seen the clip!)
This movie proves that Rob is no one trick pony that we're all worried Twilight will make him be seen as. The evidence is in his talent to embody a man that was so ludicrously perplex and detached from reality and play it to near perfection.
For Rob’s lusty fans (myself counted) there are many notable scenes that will make you wish you brought a spare of knickers! Mainly of course, the Naked Rob scene..
-While trying to decide on an outfit, Dali stands naked on front of the mirror 'tucked in', holding a cigarette, mimicking a conversation to himself. It is hilarious but will also make your jaw drop on to your lap!
-Dali and Lorca take a rowboat out to sea, strip down to their briefs and dive in for a swim. Be prepared for moonlight smooches. (This is a really beautiful scene)
-Lorca romantically recites poetry to Dali and they decide 'No Limits'. Kissing and stripping that will make you hot under the collar. Lorca has him face down on the floor when Dali decides he cannot go through with it. Lucky for us Rob was already down to his boxers before they stopped :)
(I assume this is the scene Rob speaks about in GQ)
-When Dali returns from France he goes to see Lorca. Dali's ambiguous guard breaks down and their fierce kissing is interrupted by Magdalena who comes by to seduce Lorca. Dali, hiding in the next room, watches Lorca and Magdalena have sex while his own hand is down his pants. (This sounds perverted but it's actually incredibly emotional! Although I couldn't help but wonder if Rob's (*ahem) 'come' face is the same as Dali's..??)
When the end credits came up I was already sobbing. It felt like I had a 10tonne weight on my chest. It's a heart breaking story and I became completely absorbed in it. The last 10minutes of the movie were so affecting. I know that I wont be able to shake it off for days and that is a tribute to all the actors involved especially Rob.
One tiny little iffy point on Rob though was that he had to speak in English with a Spanish accent.. And I think sometimes he got a little confused trying to do it :/
The evening was finished off with a Q&A with director and cast. Unfortunately one girl who had obviously come to see the movie for the Robness, was not paying any attention to anything else and asked a very embarrassing question that even made Paul Morrison look quizzical! My advice would be, if you go to see it for Rob be willing to get involved in the entire movie. It’s worth it I promise you!
Side Note: Javier Beltram was fantastic. I have no doubt we will be seeing more of him in the future. And in person, he is HOT!
It will be on general release in Ireland in May. I hope you ALL get a chance to see it soon :D xxx