The co-founder of Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre way back in the early 1980s (with Sky Gilbert), queer-friendly Ciccoritti went on to become a dependable commercial genre director, moving more or less effortlessly back and both between TV movies and the big screen, between Canada and the US Ciccoritti is an interesting example of a director who makes discreet and not-so-discreet queer films about non-queer subjects, for example that allusive campfest of a political biopic Trudeau (2002). Or his prize-winning The Life Before This (1999), an observant Toronto comedy-drama about the randomness of everyday life and relationships, which surprises halfway through when a romantic hetero-flirtation scene suddenly shifts into a bold but nuanced coming out scene. My all-time guilty pleasure is the queerest feature ever made in Canada if not the world, Paris France (1993), an inspired, literate and expertly performed melodrama about horny, needy writers. Peter Outerbridge plays a hot, bisexual boxer-poet who can’t keep his clothes on and has wild sex with everyone else in the movie. Understandably, this scary arty sexy potboiler divided the critics like nothing else, appearing on both ten-best lists and ten-worst lists–an important accomplishment in itself.
Toronto , ON
Toronto , ON