#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it – the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses – until the only problem that love can’t solve, tried to destroy them.
Plot: Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the rugby team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years in the face of everything life threw at it – the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses – until the only problem that love can’t solve tried to destroy them.
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A touching adaptation
Having seen a rather heavy-handed and pretentious play version of ‘Holding the man’ a few years ago, I had trepidations about seeing the film. I need not have worried as Neil Armfield’s direction brings a truthful and touching reality to Timothy Conigrave’s memoir. The slightly non-linear structure to the storytelling brings a cautious prescience to the audience that J.B. Priestley would be proud of, highlighting the sombre future awaiting our ill-fated protagonists. There are a few insightful parallels throughout the movie that deftly highlight the truths hidden between fact and fiction – there’s a harrowing mirroring of grief portrayed in an audition to the agonising reality of death that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. The cinematography and music are judiciously time-specific as we travel through three decades with the characters. Each time-frame is beautifully evoked by film styles of the period and there’s an accompanying soundtrack that is gloriously nostalgic. Both of the lead actors, Ryan Corr and Craig Stott, are perfectly cast as Tim and John respectively – each bringing a depth to these characters that makes them feel like family. The supporting cast are also superb; particularly Anthony LaPaglia, Camilla Ah Kin, Kerry Fox and Guy Pearce as the boys’ parents. Special mention to Sarah Snook as their friend Pepe who resides on the periphery faithfully and staunchly. Also, there’s a superb cameo from Geoffrey Rush as Tim’s drama teacher at NIDA. It’s graphic in places as it holds a powerful light over the passion of love and the bleakness of illness but the film is all the better for that; it shies away from nothing. Many fans of the original memoir should not be disappointed with this long-awaited adaptation and I am sure that if Timothy Conigrave was alive today, he’d be proud of this achievement in prolonging the legacy of his much-loved book.
John was beside you.
I feel this review inadequately describes how good this film is. I gave it my best shot. Here goes…
There have been films like this one before but this one is different. It’s based on a book written in 1994 by the main character, Timothy Conigrave. Tommy Murphy has adapted that autobiography into a brilliant screenplay and director Neil Armfield has turned that screenplay into a brilliant film. “Holding the Man” covers the life and romance of two young men who meet in high school in Melbourne, Australia. It opens, however, in Italy with a frantic phone call back to Australia by Tim, wonderfully played by Ryan Corr. He needs to know, “where John was at the dinner party”; and he needs to know it now. That first impression of frenzy creates an undercurrent of urgency that will inform this beautiful story until the end; there just isn’t enough time, there is never enough time, time is short, and life is shorter than time. Craig Stott plays the love of Tim’s life, John Caleo, winner of the “Best and Fairest Medal” in high school. His performance, and that of Corr’s, is mesmerizing. In addition to their love story you will also come to understand the struggles of their imperfect parents. These roles are played out by no less than Anthony LaPaglia, Guy Pierce, Kerry Fox, and Camilla Ah Kim. Geoffry Rush has a brief but impressionable role as Tim’s acting coach. They all convey an acute understanding of these peripheral roles and I couldn’t help but feel that they saw a project of substance and just wanted to see it succeed. It does.
Told in a non-linear narrative where the story jumps forward and backward in time, “Holding the Man” is a story of simple love that is complicated by society, family, and eventually consumed by the vortex that was, and is, the AIDS epidemic. What sets this film apart from others of its genre, no disrespect to any of them, is how personal and honest it is. Previous films have dealt with the AIDS epidemic; explaining it, apologizing for it, not apologizing for it, defending a community, lashing out righteously against an impotent, or worse, a passively complicit, government, and this one does too. But it does it in a way that is deeply intimate and personal to a degree that I think is new.
Tim and John meet and fall in love in high school at the end of the 70’s. After some early years of stumbling around they come back together, forever. These characters were not perfect. Their story is not perfect. But it is compelling and, seemingly, honest. The author and main character, Tim, doesn’t shy away from his own shortcomings and mistakes. He actually seems to enjoy picking himself apart and much of it is quite funny. Conversely, I’ve heard it suggested that Tim’s memory of John is idealized. That’s possible. My tendency though is to trust someone as apparently introspective as Tim Conigrave. His aversion to self flattery gives weight to his perception of others. And just as an overall impression, his story of their relationship seems balanced and real.
What came across for me the most was how genuine this story felt. Their relationship and their love for one another was at complete odds with their entire world; their community, their school, their families, friends (mostly), even their government, and yet they listened to their hearts and not the noise around them. They forged some kind of a life together with no blue print, no map, and no help, and it worked. This was in 1977…
Ryan Corr and Craig Stott bring an honesty and realness to Tim and John’s story that is actually, and quite literally, overwhelming. We’ve never seen these two characters, under any name, on screen before. That is due in part to a brilliant screenplay which is not afraid of anything except dis-ingenuousness; yet equally to Corr and Stott’s fearless approach to who these boys, and later men, were and their ability as actors to make them real. The pop music choices were an effective time machine transporting the viewer back and forth through the different parts of the story. You will never hear Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” again without the sense of foreboding that ushered in the 80’s for Tim and John. Not even my type of music but it’s perfect, and perfectly placed, in their story.
For all of its weightiness there are moments where this film will make you laugh out loud. There’s even some surprising gallows humor from John’s mother as she waits by his hospital bedside. That moment will jerk you away from where you think you’re going, and then go there anyway dragging you into a pit of despair and sadness with no apparent floor to stop the descent. The jagged chronology of the story creates a contrast for the dramatically different periods of their relationship. Innocent times are rendered more precious when contextualized by previously established losses to come. You will view moments in Tim and John’s lives that will produce consequences they couldn’t possibly have imagined. It is brilliant story telling and develops a depth and breadth to this film that was surely there in real life.
Nothing in this review will diminish your viewing experience of this film. The plot points of Tim and John’s story are not surprising. It’s not what happens to them, it’s how we’re shown what happens. The emotional impact, because of these amazing actors, the screenplay, and directing, renders a familiar story new. It is raw. And it is real.
If you were dying, and you knew it, what would you say? If you could write it down, how would it read? If you want to know what Tim Conigrave would have written about John Caleo, watch “Holding the Man”. It is a beautiful film.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 7 min (127 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, Romance
Director Neil Armfield
Writer Tommy Murphy (screenplay), Timothy Conigrave (book)
Actors Ryan Corr, Sarah Snook, Francesco Ferdinandi, Craig Stott
Awards 6 wins & 19 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A