Inside Out rages on. One of the biggest-name movies of the festival screens tonight: Paul Schrader‘s The Walker. The film stars Woody Harrelson as a “Walker,” a well-to-do gay man who “walks” wealthy women around to society events their husbands are too busy for (interestingly enough, this “profession” also came up in Sunday’s Savage Grace). These women include the always-fabulous Lily Tomlin and Lauren Bacall. But things get complicated when Harrelson’s character gets drawn into a messy murder mystery after his best friend (played by Kristen Scott Thomas) discovers her lover has been killed. Willem Dafoe also has a small role as Thomas’ politician husband. A gay-themed murder mystery with a cast that awesome sounds like a really good time, but unfortunately, The Walker never really lives up to its potential. Sloppy editing really upsets the film’s pace and makes the story hard to follow, and for a film being screened at Inside Out, the gay storyline is underdeveloped and unbelievably castrated. Harrelson and his boyfriend (played by Run Lola Run‘s sexy Moritz Bleibtreu) are about as affectionate to each other as a couple of maiden aunts.
Be Like Others (pictured) is a very different, if much more successful movie. An Iranian documentary, it follows the journeys of several young people who opt for sexual reassignment surgery in Tehran. Curiously, while homosexuality is still a crime in Iran, and punishable by death, sex changes have been one hundred percent legal since 1983, come Ayatollah-approved and even include the added bonus of an altered birth certificate. The film is both fascinating and sad, especially as it becomes obvious that many of the people who get the surgery in Iran are actually just gay men who would never elect to do so in another country, and that far from solving all of their problems, as women, many Iranian transsexuals wind up on the streets, as prostitutes.
Be Like Others, 5:00 p.m. at the ROM
It Was Good While It Lasted, 5:15 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Hogtown Homos, 7:15 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Falkenberg Farewell, 7:15 p.m. at the ROM
The Walker, 9:45 p.m. at the Isbael Bader
Only the Brave, 9:45 p.m. at the ROM