This DVD re-release promises dancing go-go boys and novelty snowflakes, but never delivers....
Strand / 100 Minutes / 2000 / Unrated / Street Date: May 21, 2013
In Andre Techine’s heartbreaking Wild Reeds, Stephane Rideu plays the object of our protagonist’s young desire, an exotic schoolboy stud lusty enough to share moments of intimacy with both fellows and ladies, but who ends up breaking our gay hero’s heart when he ends up deciding to only play it straight. Capitalizing on the success of Techine’s movie, Rideu starred in Come Undone, another young coming-out film that weighs the issue of either following your heart or sticking with the status quo.
Before we get to the on-screen connection between Mathieu (Jeremie Elkaim) and Cedric (Rideu), we must address the unfortunate cover art Come Undone is saddled with, even on this new DVD edition that comes out thirteen years after the film was in cinemas. As you pick this thinly-packaged disc off the retail shelf, you’ll see two bronzed, oiled-up burlesque disco studs standing for some unexplained reason just in front of a giant, sparkling snowflake. Not surprisingly, this is neither a scene from the film nor indicative of any of its themes.
And things don’t get much better from there. Come Undone is cursory and inconclusive, playing its tale of young lust with tepid banality. Rideu is brash and compelling in his performance here, but this film as a whole is disappointingly plain. It doesn’t help that First Run didn’t even invest in bumping up the movie’s presence into the realm of anamorphic widescreen: I mean, why tell the story of two fellows and the giant snowflake that brings them together if you can’t even reach the edges of your television set?