Wild Tigers I have Known, a film by Cam Archer, is about a 13 year old boy who struggles with his longing for another boy. Unfortunately, the edgy and often graphic nature of the film was so distracting that it was hard to sympathize with the character.
The very first scene you have of the main character, Logan, is a very tight shot of him masturbating. It is an extremely long scene, and it is right at the start of the movie. There was very little dialogue and very slow character development.
Other than the fact that it happens to be a topic that I relate to, this movie really doesn’t have a lot going for it. I have seen many GLBT movies, in fact I organize a GLBT movie night every week, and I had a difficult time relating to the main character.
The one twist in the movie is that it is unclear whether Logan is truly Trans or just afraid to approach boys. There’s a fine line between artsy and uncomfortable to watch, and the way the film was done, it was uncomfortable to watch.
Edgy film styles and graphic material are okay so long as one can sympathize with the characters, but with so little of Logan’s better side, and so little plot, there was nothing to make the gritty scenes worthwhile.
I saw it with several of my other gay friends and they threatened to leave the room because it was so bad. One of my friends even said, "…this movie makes us gays look bad… really bad." Although it is self described as an ethereal exploration of teenage longing, it felt a lot more like watching a film made by pedophiles.