‘Consequences’ Review: Slovenia’s First LGBTQ Film Is a Sexy Study of Male Rage

IndieWire | 8/3/2019 | Staff
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As American film and TV has finally begun to embrace more joyful queer storylines over the last few years, the darkness of international queer cinema reflects a bleaker picture of the realities of gay life in the rest of the world. “Consequences,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, is the first Slovenian film to ever deal with LGBTQ themes, a fact that augurs the film’s unflinchingly dark outlook.

That’s not to say there isn’t much to enjoy in Darko Stante’s debut feature, which is impeccably crafted, and boosted by an electrifying performance from its smoldering young lead, the equal parts brooding and babyfaced Matej Zemljic. “Consequences” thrums with a vibrant current — propelled by a dizzying churn of cigarettes, cocaine, fistfights, and shirtless young men — until arriving at its predictably explosive conclusion. The film’s perspective may be austere, but its heart is defiantly exuberant.

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The story centers on a wayward teen named Andrej (Zemljic), who is interred in a lawless youth detention center by his own parents. He’d been skipping school and getting into fights, but the final straw is an offscreen altercation with a girl who yells at him for not being able to get it up. (Stante never reveals how physical things got with her, and the precise limits of Andrej’s brutality remain shrouded in mystery for much of the film.) Eating at home after a judge sentences him to spend his weeks at an institution known only as “the Centre,” Andrej abruptly shoves his bowl of soup with startling aggression, weeping into his hands. The film’s Slovenian title blasts across the screen in bold red lettering: “Posledice” (“Consequences”).

Once at the Centre, he encounters a skinhead named Zele (Timon Sturbej), a surly wannabe gangster who looks even more like an Aryan youth than Andrej does....
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