Coming soon: The good and the Bad

July 2004
Advocate;7/6/2004, Issue 918, p26
The 2004 Cannes Film Festival was a treat for gays in France. The honor this year went to a genuine event, Pedro Almodóvar's noirish melodrama Bad Education, with Gael García Bernal looking divine in drag. Even more fun than the film was the party that followed, with drag queens performing, Bernal dancing, and Almodóvar jumping onstage. Draggle nihilism reared its head with Asia Argento's adaptation of The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, a series of autobiographical short stories by onetime male prostitute J. T. LeRoy. The film was pilloried by the critics, but no one could take issue with LeRoy's Andy Warhol-like appearance at the debut and his one-sentence speech. The hottest indie at Cannes was Jonathan Caouette's documentary Tarnation. The movie shows him with his boyfriend calling his estranged father, who quickly asks if he is gay and says that if Caouette has AIDS, he does not want to have anything to do with him.


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