Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

O Abysmal: Portuguese Import O Fantasma Offers a Sexy Leading Man and Little Else

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

O Abysmal: Portuguese Import O Fantasma Offers a Sexy Leading Man and Little Else

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O Fantasma * Starring Ricardo Meneses, Beatriz Torcato, Andre Barbosa * Written by Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Jose Neves, Paulo Rebelo, Alexandre Melo * Directed by Joao Pedro Rodrigues * Picture This! Entertainment

It's the same old story: Boy stalks boy, boy kidnaps boy, boy starts running around in black latex outfit. OK, that plotline may not actually be a cliche, but it's presented in such a stilted and boring manner in the Portuguese film O Fantasma that it might as well be one. Director Joao Pedro Rodrigues may have some motivation behind the film--apart from showing hunky leading man Ricardo Meneses wearing as little as possible in sexually provocative situations--but it's tough to figure out.

The film occasionally calls to mind Head On (1998), which also revolved around the nihilistic adventures of a pouty, sexually restless beauty, but we get precious few hints about who O Fantasma's Sergio is or why we should care about his lust for a mysterious motorcycle boy. …

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