Raspberry Reich Reel Affirmations 13: Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Date: Friday, 10/15/2004
Time: 11:00 pm

Venue: Lincoln Theatre
Tickets: $9 (buy online now)

Type: Feature presentation
Language: German with English subtitles

Metro Weekly Rating: (2 out of 5)

LET'S GET THIS out of the way up front. There are two main aspects to Bruce LaBruce's new film, Raspberry Reich. First, there's the quasi-ironic spouting of revolutionary dogma. Second, there's the hardcore fucking.

Raspberry Reich

Needless to say, the second aspect is the more interesting of the two. Pity that the fucking's not all that interesting either.

One hesitates to put together a plot summary -- apparently LaBruce hesitated as well -- but let's take a shot. Gudrun is leading a terrorist revolution with her cadre of cute young men. Her plans for the overthrow of the oppressive capitalist system are twofold: kidnap the son of a wealthy industrialist capitalist pig, while making all of her male henchman fuck each other as often as possible in a "homosexual intifada."

Raspberry Reich

It's a Bruce LaBruce film, so it's no surprise that the terrorist imagery and whatnot are meant to be offensive. What's surprising is how boring it all becomes. The subversive fun on display in Hustler White and Super 8 1/2 is missing, replaced with thudding monologues and half-baked ideas.

Raspberry Reich

There are a few moments where LaBruce's wild talent comes through. The marvelous opening sequence in which Gudrun forces her boyfriend to fuck her "out of the bedrooms and into the streets" follows the couple as they hump their way through the living room, down the hall, and onto an elevator.

Later, two henchman engage in their homosexual revolution with intense make-out sessions on public sidewalks, which judging by the reaction of passers-by where shot without notice by LaBruce, one of the few moments of guerilla cinema in a film woefully in need of some revolution.

Instead, you're left with the same feeling that bedevils even the best porn: When the fucking stops, you want to reach for a remote.

More information

Film Links:
· Reel Affirmations details
· Official film site
· Internet Movie Database
· Rotten Tomatoes

Festival Venue:
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, NW; Washington, DC 20009. (202) 328-6000. (map)
Directly across from Green Line Metro / U Street-Cardozo station.

You may buy your tickets or passes in advance: Online at BoxOfficeTickets.com or by phone at (800) 494-TIXS (494-8497). Or you may visit the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U Street, NW, WDC); the DCJCC (1529 16th Street, NW, WDC); Lambda Rising (1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW, WDC); or Universal Gear (1601 17th Street, NW, WDC).

For more info visit the official Reel Affirmations website.