Three Dancing Slaves

By Ehrenstein, David | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), August 30, 2005 | Go to article overview

Three Dancing Slaves


Ehrenstein, David, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


Three Dancing Slaves * Directed by Gael Morel * TLA Releasing

When he made his acting debut in Wild Reeds, Andre Techine's classic coming-of-age drama, Gael Morel's deeply touching portrayal of a young gay man in unrequited love marked him as the leading out actor of his generation. But no sooner did that persona come into focus than Morel began to fashion another one--behind the camera as a writer-director. His first effort, Full Speed, followed Techine's low-key spirit, but with Three Dancing Slaves, Morel goes where Techine and a great many others would fear to tread. The result is one of the most sexy, original, and genuinely disturbing films of recent years.

Slaves centers on a trio of half-French, half-Algerian brothers living in a seemingly becalmed small town on the Swiss border. Christophe, the eldest of the trio (Morel regular Stephane Rideau), is just out of prison and making what appears to be a smooth adjustment to an honest life. The same can't be said of his younger brother Marc (smoldering Nicholas Cazale), who's currently at war with a gang of local petty thugs who have burned him in a drug deal. …

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