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Monday, July 9, 2012

Milk by Gus Van Sant, 2008 (R)

with Sean Penn (The Game, Fair Game, The Tree of Life), Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin (True Grit, American Gangster, Men In Black 3), Diego Luna (Contraband), James Franco (Rise of The Planet of The Apes, Eat Pray Love, 127 Hours), Alison Pill (To Rome With Love, Dan In Real Life), Victor Garber (Argo), Denis O'Hare (Michael Clayton, Duplicity), Joseph Cross (Lincoln), Brandon Boyce, Carol Ruth Silver, Stephen Spinella, Lucas Grabeel, Howard Rosenman, Kelvin Yu, Jeff Koons, Mark Martinez, Lynn McRee

Sean Penn (in an Oscar-winning role) stars in this fact-based drama about Harvey Milk, the openly gay activist and San Francisco politician who was murdered along with Mayor George Moscone (Victor Garber) by disgruntled city supervisor Dan White (Josh Brolin) in 1978. Emile Hirsch, James Franco and Diego Luna co-star in director Gus Van Sant's compelling biopic, which also earned Oscar nods for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Brolin).

Sean Penn is very much Sean Penn, and at the same time so Milk. The performances are perfect in order to make you forget these are actually major contemporary actors. The enthusiasm for politics has faded with lack of motivation, because there is still a gap with what are the rights for Heterosexuals and Homosexuals, and still a fight to continue. This movie gave some awareness to the even bigger gap there was in the 70's, with true insecurity, violence in the words of politicians as well as physically in the streets. It is revolting. And as every good real hero, Milk dies of the hands of hatred. Perfect movie.

What I loved most about the movie is watching it inside the movie "Circumstance" while the characters are dubbing it, it as a symbol of freedom in a still far beyond homophobic Iran.

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