I have a confession: I should've written this review at least a month ago. Unfortunately, I haven't finished watching “Anotherworld” by Fabiomassimo Lozzi. And every time I had a long afternoon with nothing to do, I told myself to watch it. I put in the DVD, watched another five minutes. But I couldn't finish it. Perhaps acknowledging the unwatchability of the film is effective in and of itself.
The movie starts out as a fantastic idea - it's an experimental piece containing a series of short (one to three minute) monologues on the subject of homosexuality and homophobia. It's an Italian film with English subtitles and the characters cover a broad range of ages, sizes, fetishes, and stories. A skinhead talks about homosexuality, a priest talks about meeting with a male prostitute, a S&M sub talks about his first sexual experience. There are prostitutes, men in married heterosexual relationships -- just about every trick in the gay book.
However, one topic is never covered(of course, when I say “never,” I mean “not within the first hour and 45 minutes.” If there's a twist ending, I never made it there). There are no happy people. Though Fandango's summary of the film says that the piece “helps celebrate their diversity as well as portraying their commonalities” the endless series of monologues felt to me like a trudge through the lives of miserable and unlikeable people, not a celebration. The speakers are either homosexuals who hate themselves for being gay or homophobes. I began to wonder what the writer believed this could do for the gay community. I began to wonder if the writer himself was a homophobe.
This kind of message could be heartbreaking, if there was a likeable character or even a deeper theme for the audience to attach itself to. But throughout the part of the movie I could bring myself to watch, this did not appear.
Though the message and theme of “Anotherworld” were less than I hoped for, I do have to say that the acting was quite strong- quite a few of the monologues were riveting because of the believability of the actors. The filming was experimental but interesting. Therefore, I'd recommend this movie as a study in theater or film rather than as entertainment.
Perhaps the value of this movie could've gone up had the writer selected the strongest monologues to use, shortening the experience a bit. Still, I felt that the overall effect of this movie was to either fuel homophobic feelings or dehumanize the gay male community. Whatever the creators' purpose was in making this film, I found that final feeling of animosity towards gay people upsetting to watch and unacceptable to promote.