Gay Essential Films To Watch, Beyond the Walls (Hors les murs)

Beyond the Walls details the intense sexual relationship between two men: Paulo and Ilir. Paulo (Matila Malliarakis) a needy young man and a pianist is in a relationship with a woman, Anka (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin). Ilir (Guillaume Gouix) is originally from Albania, works in a bar and also plays bass guitar. The two men meet one evening and Paolo goes home with Ilir, where they realize they are attracted to one another.

Despite the fact that Paulo has a girlfriend Anka the two men become lovers. When Anka finds out, she confronts Paulo and throws him out. Paolo then moves in with Ilir, even though Ilir is not fully comfortable with this. The two men find that living together brings many challenges, not least because they hardly know one another. There is also a large age gap and neither has any money.

When Paulo tells Ilir that he will love him for the rest of his life, Ilir leaves the city. Several days later, Paolo learns that Ilir is in prison and will be there for 18 months, having been caught in possession of hash.

Paolo is forced to become more independent and while longing for Ilir to come home, he becomes involved with another man, the manager of a local gay sex shop. In this relationship, Paolo relinquishes his new-found independence and takes on a submissive role.

Beyond the Walls

Critics

“An intriguing storyline, confident execution and charismatic performances.”
   Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

“Hors les murs (Beyond the Walls) is a harsh meditation on power, choice and freedom.”
   Gay Vancouver

“The first half is electrifying; the second half rips your heart out. And Guillaume Gioux is sexy as hell.”
   Gary M. Kramer, Gay City News

Did You Know?

David Lambert, who directed the film, also wrote the screenplay. Beyond the Walls was his first feature film.  David Lambert was inspired to make films by the horror films of the 1970’s and directors such as Cronenberg, Wes Craven and Fassbinder. The film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in particular influenced Beyond the Walls. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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