WOw ! just wow .. ! right when I thought all amazon movies are 'B' types and slow, this appears .. what a surprisingly wonderful find ..
Im close to 60 yrs old .. I dont really care about gay, race etc .. though there ARE commonalities in any group, or sub-set, I will tell you I was living on an island (Key West, FL) for almost a decade, with a higher gay 'per capita' ratio, than the 'gay capitol' (at that time) of san francisco, CA .. gays werent just my hairdresser, but in all genres, they were my bank teller, and my telephone guy, and my real estate agent, etc, etc .. so I learned much even though (Im straight/hetero) and even tho it was many, many years ago ..
this movie (without giving too much away) was a true effort and I was genuinely surprised by the stellar performance by the actor who played 'donatello' .. what a remarkable job he did .. personable and believeable .. just a terrific job and he played the character perfectly .. every line, every look, you knew exactly what he was thinking and he really made the part ..
this whole movie gel'd .. the pace was fitting, the setting, relationships, dialogue, characters, portrayal, depth of interaction, script, editing, filming (though I will take issue with the shirts ! its supposed to be the 70s ?? if so, those collars are not large enough !) but all of it was just done so well .. easy to follow, substance of storyline, people you actually get to know .. and a truly sad ending .. (again, without giving too much away ..) I will tell you that I I got weepy-eyed and teary ..
whoever the boy marco was played by did a great job too .. but the main character (the States Atty guy) and especially donatello, really, really kept the plot together ..
lastly, I also hav to add, because I feel this is so important .. whoever does the EDITING of any movies' final result, also needs to be given a huge amount of credit as well .. it is what pieces it together ..
this deserves no less than the best .. like a little (just a smidge) lesser version of 'philadelphia', but still captivating .. this gets 5 stars easy ..