- 1 hr 44 min
Bent is a 1997 British drama film directed by Sean Mathias, based on Martin Sherman's play of the same name. The movie stars Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, and Mick Jagger in prominent roles. The movie explores the tragic events that unfolded during the Holocaust, set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany. It tells the story of two gay men, Max and Horst, who fall in love during their incarceration in the Dachau concentration camp. However, their love is forbidden, and they are forced to hide their feelings for each other. Max is a promiscuous party boy who has lived a carefree life, but his world is suddenly shattered when he is arrested and sent to Dachau. In the camp, he meets Horst, a shy and gentle man who quickly captures his heart. The two men develop a deeply emotional and intimate bond, despite the constant fear and violence that surrounds them. As their relationship deepens, Max and Horst find themselves fighting against the brutal oppression of the Nazi regime. They forge a close bond with fellow prisoner, Rudy, who becomes their ally in their fight for survival. However, their love is soon discovered, and they must face the ultimate test of their courage and loyalty. Throughout the movie, the characters are forced to confront their deepest fears and desires, as they struggle to maintain their dignity and humanity in the face of overwhelming evil. Despite the cruel and inhumane treatment, they are subjected to, they refuse to give up or forget who they truly are. The performances of the three lead actors are exceptional, particularly Bluteau's portrayal of Max, who undergoes a profound transformation over the course of the movie. Owen delivers a convincing performance as Horst, perfectly capturing his vulnerability and quiet strength. Mick Jagger, in his first acting role in almost a decade, is also impressive as Greta, a flamboyant and eccentric drag queen who provides some much-needed humor and levity in the midst of the tragedy. Overall, Bent is a powerful, emotionally charged movie that pulls no punches in its depiction of the horrors of the Holocaust. It is a gripping story of love, loyalty, and resilience in the face of unimaginable evil. Sean Mathias' direction, combined with Sherman's writing, creates a movie that is both a harsh indictment of the past and a poignant reminder of the importance of tolerance and acceptance.