Madagascar Skin Links
Int'l Film Festival
Hannah plays: Harry
(John Hannah), a lonely gay man, is rejected by other men because of a
large birthmark on the side of his face in the shape of the island of Madagascar
(hence the title). He goes to the beach, to escape his life or maybe
to commit suicide, and comes across Flint (Bernard Hill), who has been
buried in sand and left to die on the beach. Harry rescues Flint
and the two of them take up residence in an abandoned cottage. Harry
begins to fall in love with Flint and struggles to tell him how he feels,
since the other man is supposedly straight. The film follows their
relationship and the things they deal with as the two become closer.
This movie is fascinating. It's sort of slow and arty, and it's like
nothing I've seen before. There are a few parts I don't understand
(the shoes on the beach?), but it only makes me want to watch the film
again and again. It can be discussed for months on end (and it has,
by several of us in the JHAC!).
It's easy to tell why John
Hannah won Best Actor at the Stockholm Film Festival for his work
in MADAGASCAR SKIN. It's also his favorite role that he's played.
I wish this were more widely available in the U.S. because it's a must-see
for JH fans.
Last Update: 1 January 2001