The London Gay Men’s Chorus (LGMC) have recorded a special introduction to Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, a new documentary a gay Israeli man who flees to London.
Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? is a politically edged exploration of family, faith and opposing cultures from Israeli sibling directors Tomer and Barak Heymann. It follows Saar, who, after being kicked out of his conservative kibbutz because of his sexual orientation, travels to the UK capital where he enjoys a gay lifestyle denied to him in his home country. He lives the dream, but wakes up to a nightmare when he discovers that he has contracted HIV. After he breaks the news to his family, they struggle with fears and prejudices, and so begins a reconciliation process with his biological family in Israel.
The film features the LGMC, who stand by Saar as surrogate brothers.
“Itai Raziel’s sensitive cinematography further enhances the [film’s] intimacy, while sporadic cutaways to uplifting songs, joyfully sung by the choir, give instances of welcome respite from the poignant drama,” wewrote in our review.
“At times, Saar’s patriotic, hard-nosed father seems to have been taken straight out of a bad sitcom, as he questions why Saar can’t simply call his choir the “men’s chorus,” we wrote in our review. “While there are some laughs to be had at his narrow-minded outlook, Saar’s father is never defined by this; we see him make a conscious effort to question his culturally ingrained views. The conversations between Saar and his family are disarmingly honest and genuine.”
A touching, nuanced and stirring exploration of family, identity and cultural conflicts, Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? is out now in cinemas and on VOD, including BFI Player.
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