REVIEW – Raging Sun, Raging Sky (2009)
Videovista have my review of Julian Hernandez’s beautifully shot but frankly quite demented three hour-long Rabioso Sol, Rabioso Ciel0.
While I think that Raging Sun, Raging Sky is a problematic film, I am struck by the way in which it has been treated (no cinema release, shoved out by a gay indie distribution company) and the way that other equally problematic films in the same vein have been treated. Indeed, when Luca Guadagnino’s equally beautifully shot and equally non-prolix I Am Love (2009) –an admittedly much better film — was released earlier this year, the acclaim it received was almost universal. Even those critics who did not enjoy the film treated it as a serious work of cinematic art. However, Raging Sun, Raging Sky has received hardly any critical attention and what critical attention it has had has been decidedly mixed. This begs the question: Is it because it is about a bunch of poofs?