On a night out with friends with some heavy drinking, the rather inexperienced Paulo ends up in bed with male bartender Ilir, and what seems at first to be an innocent night of romance becomes increasingly serious. When Paulo’s girlfriend finds out about his nightly endeavors, she throws him out on the street. Soon, whilst at the peak of their mutual attraction, Paulo and Ilir make a somewhat premature agreement to move in together. As the story unfolds, Ilir suddenly disappears after leaving town for the weekend, and Paulo soon discovers that Ilir is serving 18 months in prison for hash possession, further stirring up the stormy nature of their already adventurous relationship.

Following recent critically acclaimed dramas on gay romance such as Andrew Haigh’s »Weekend«, »Beyond the Walls« tells the story of the emotional whirlwind that comes with early attraction and the unforeseen events a new relationship might lead you into.

SIMON ELIASSON

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Title
Beyond the Walls
Director
David Lambert
Country
Belgium, France, Canada
Length
98 min
Festival
2012
Section
Competition
Language
French
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2012
Original title
Hors les murs
Cast
Guillaume Gouix, Matila Malliarakis, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, David Salles
Producer
Jérôme Dopffer, Daniel Morin, Jean-Yves Roubin
Script
David Lambert

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