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June 9, 2016

BoysIncludes film Short ‘Even Cowboys Get To Cry’ The movie was first aired on 9 February 2014 on NPO Zapp, a Dutch channel for children and young teens. In a more enlightened place than the K, this could be shown as part of a good PSHE programme. The director thinks it is appropriate for 13-14-year-olds.

BOYS tells the story of Sieger, a sporty, rather quiet 15-year-old boy who discovers love during the summer holidays. Sieger is training in the new athletics team for the national relay championships and meets the intriguing and unpredictable Marc. The friendship that develops seems nothing out of the ordinary, but Sieger secretly harbours stronger feelings for Marc. He engages in a lonely struggle with himself (sport as sublimation?) when it emerges that Marc is also in love with him. With his best friend Stef, Sieger discovers a motocross track outside the village. Events soon take on a momentum of their own as Sieger quickly becomes involved with Jessica. At last, he counts for something in the eyes of his tough older brother Eddy, who is secretly using the track to tear around on a moped. Sieger keeps quiet about this to his father, who often clashes with the rebellious Eddy since their mother’s death. Sieger tries to make peace between the two, but his mind is elsewhere, as he finds it increasingly …

Spirituality-wise, there’s a significant moment when Seiger  asks Marc what he focuses on when training and Marc replies  that he doesn’t – it’s just about losing yourself.

The best thing about the film is the way it helps the audience identify with Sieg’s self-doubt. For him the core question is “What do I want?” And what he needs to understand is that he’s asking the wrong question. Yes, this is a film about discovering who you are as opposed to the person everyone wants you to be, and then having the courage to live your own life rather than playact your way through it.

Boys 2Marc: Shall we stay here forever?

Seiger: [following his and Marc’s first kiss] I’m not gay.

Marc: Of course you’re not.

Marc: Good luck with your charade.

Marc: What do you want? Well?

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