Peter has it all: a wife and children who love him dearly, a comfortable home and a successful career. Then he meets flamboyant newspaper vendor Nassim, and the sexual desires he has struggled to suppress for so long start to boil to the surface. Uncomfortable with the pangs of genuine sexual attraction, yet eager to explore them further with this stranger, Peter eventually decides to meet Nassim on a park bench in the picturesque Keillers Park. They fall in love almost instantly. However, those around Peter abhor his newfound relationship. His wife divorces him and takes the children. His father and sister disown him and he loses his job. And while the joys of the gay scene and an exuberant nightlife provide short-term excitement for Peter and Nassim, the fate of their meeting one another has sealed another, more disturbing fate, one that will tear them apart.
Moody Emotional Drama. Worth A Look
- Keillers Park review by GS
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This is a moody film told mainly in flashbacks which slowly pieces together, not only the murder of one of the main characters, but also the sexual coming out experiences of a successful civil engineer in a family run business. I was surprised to learn that it is also loosely based on true events. This is not a "feel good"/"coming out" movie but rather more complex issues with relationships as well as the underlying accusation of murder. It was a shame that the plot was not more complex or focused, or had more dynamic characters. This is one of those films where the acting is great, but basically the actors did not have much to work with. The ease at which Peter’s emotional journey takes place is a little unconvincing as he seems to take the abandonment of his fiancé and the rejection of his family in his stride. And Nassim’s eventual questioning of the relationship seems to come from nowhere. It is, however, refreshing to see issues, if somewhat dated now, affecting an older generation without drugs and excess clubbing. The acting is mostly good and the camera work deserves praise. Despite some flaws, Keillers Park is certainly worth watching.