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March 2010

Hollywood, je t'aime

cast: Eric Debets, Chad Allen, Jonathan Blanc, Diarra Kilpatrick, and Michael Airington

director: Jason Bushman

95 minutes (18) 2009
widescreen ratio 1.78:1
TLA DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 6/10
review by Sandra Scholes

Hollywood, je t'aime

A man bored with his life in France dreams of warmer shores over in California. Jerome Baunez (Eric Debets) leaves his life behind after coming from Tunisia with his then boyfriend Gilles (Jonathan Blanc) and decides to embark on a new relationship, hoping it will fare better than his last. His biggest mistake is going back to his boyfriend's apartment to get his passport back when he finds him in the arms of another man, declaring outside his door that he's leaving for Hollywood and a much better life to ease his heartache.

In Hollywood, je t'aime, no sooner does he get there than he gets a very frosty reception from the immigration officer who vets his passport and thinks he might be carrying drugs or worse! It doesn't get much better for him when he meets drug dealer Ross (Chad Allen) who says he can get him an audition for a movie from a friend of his - he's cute, but Jerome also needs a place to stay. He soon notices how apartments and hotels around the LA area are extremely expensive and practically dumps once he pays to stay in them.

The movie starts out in black and white showing the bleakness of Paris in winter but once he leaves for the US the colour comes right back as if into his very life. Viewers will get the impression Jerome feels lonelier than ever now he's moved, he is plagued by sexual dreams, so it would be interesting to think he hasn't had chance to make love in a while, but he seems to have his head full of a man he saw in a photograph on a store window.

This piece is a fun look at a man who decides to leave his homeland in search of a better life rather than just a holiday - plus he thinks he can make it in the movie business as an actor even though the cards are stacked against him being a newcomer to the country.



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