Harry Styles and forbidden adore: 'My Policeman' on Amazon acme Video

Harry Styles and forbidden adore: ‘My Policeman’ on Amazon acme Video

Harry Styles and forbidden love: ‘My Policeman’ on Amazon Prime Video

Almost two decades after “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) brought a torrid tale of forbidden male love to movie goers, “My Policeman” rekindles the theme in the English seaside resort of Brighton in the 1950s, when homosexuality was still a crime.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Bethan Roberts, “My Policeman” stars British pop icon Harry Styles as the young police officer Tom, who leads a precarious double life.
Despite his intimate relationship with museum curator Patrick (David Dawson), he marries the teacher Marion (Emma Corrin) as his safe haven.
Initially oblivious to the affair, Marion is enthusiastic about the charming, art-loving Patrick. But the seemingly perfect couple-friend relationship ends in disaster and separate tragedy for each of them.
Fresh from a major appearance in the science fiction thriller “Don’t Worry Darling”, Styles treats and challenges his fans as the conflicted police officer, with some very revealing love scenes in store. Its explicit sexual content earned “My Policeman” an “R” rating in the US, where young people under the age of 17 are only allowed to see the film when accompanied by an adult.
Speaking in September at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, where the film celebrated its world premiere, Styles described its themes of love and freedom as “incredibly timeless”. Ultimately, “the whole story is about wasted time, and I think wasted time is the most devastating thing,” he added. “My Policeman” can be seen on Amazon Prime Video from November 4.
The drama was directed by British theatre veteran Michael Grandage, who made his film debut in 2016 with Colin Firth and Jude Law in the poet biopic “Genius”.
“My Policeman” flashes back and forth between the decades, from the young trio’s dreams and passions to their trauma as older adults in the 1990s. Later in life, Tom (Linus Roache), Marion (Gina McKee) and Patrick (Rupert Everett) still harbour longings, regrets and old feelings.
The story gains all the more poignancy from its grounding in truth – Robert’s novel draws from the real-life love affair between author E.M. Forster (1879-1970) and married policeman Bob Buckingham.
Perhaps due to the uptight character of Tom as he struggles with his sexuality, Styles’ performance doesn’t deliver a wide emotional range. By contrast, his compatriot David Dawson clearly steals the show in the role of the charismatic curator Patrick. The 40-year-old openly gay Briton, who has had a long career as a stage and TV actor (“Peaky Blinders”), shines in his first major film role.
The appearance of 63-year-old Rupert Everett, who plays Patrick as a frail, older man, is also touching. The Brit marked his Hollywood breakthrough 25 years ago with the comedy “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (1997), as a gay friend of screen partner Julia Roberts. Everett had then already come out as gay in real life.


Almost two decades after “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) brought a torrid tale of forbidden male love to movie goers, “My Policeman” rekindles the theme in the English seaside resort of Brighton in the 1950s, when homosexuality was still a crime.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Bethan Roberts, “My Policeman” stars British pop icon Harry Styles as the young police officer Tom, who leads a precarious double life.
Despite his intimate relationship with museum curator Patrick (David Dawson), he marries the teacher Marion (Emma Corrin) as his safe haven.
Initially oblivious to the affair, Marion is enthusiastic about the charming, art-loving Patrick. But the seemingly perfect couple-friend relationship ends in disaster and separate tragedy for each of them.
Fresh from a major appearance in the science fiction thriller “Don’t Worry Darling”, Styles treats and challenges his fans as the conflicted police officer, with some very revealing love scenes in store. Its explicit sexual content earned “My Policeman” an “R” rating in the US, where young people under the age of 17 are only allowed to see the film when accompanied by an adult.
Speaking in September at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, where the film celebrated its world premiere, Styles described its themes of love and freedom as “incredibly timeless”. Ultimately, “the whole story is about wasted time, and I think wasted time is the most devastating thing,” he added. “My Policeman” can be seen on Amazon Prime Video from November 4.
The drama was directed by British theatre veteran Michael Grandage, who made his film debut in 2016 with Colin Firth and Jude Law in the poet biopic “Genius”.
“My Policeman” flashes back and forth between the decades, from the young trio’s dreams and passions to their trauma as older adults in the 1990s. Later in life, Tom (Linus Roache), Marion (Gina McKee) and Patrick (Rupert Everett) still harbour longings, regrets and old feelings.
The story gains all the more poignancy from its grounding in truth – Robert’s novel draws from the real-life love affair between author E.M. Forster (1879-1970) and married policeman Bob Buckingham.
Perhaps due to the uptight character of Tom as he struggles with his sexuality, Styles’ performance doesn’t deliver a wide emotional range. By contrast, his compatriot David Dawson clearly steals the show in the role of the charismatic curator Patrick. The 40-year-old openly gay Briton, who has had a long career as a stage and TV actor (“Peaky Blinders”), shines in his first major film role.
The appearance of 63-year-old Rupert Everett, who plays Patrick as a frail, older man, is also touching. The Brit marked his Hollywood breakthrough 25 years ago with the comedy “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (1997), as a gay friend of screen partner Julia Roberts. Everett had then already come out as gay in real life.

Source:https://www.towleroad.com/2022/11/harry-styles-and-forbidden-love-my-policeman-on-amazon-prime-video/

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