25 Great Gay Sex Scenes Saga – Movie #11: From Beginning To End (2009)

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Title: From Beginning to End

Actors:

Rafael Cardoso… Thomás

João Gabriel Vasconcellos… Francisco

Director: Aluizio Abranches

Synopsis: Two brothers develop a very close relationship as they are growing up in an idyllic and happy family. When they are young adults their relationship becomes very intimate, romantic, and sexual.

The Backlot Rating:

Hotness – 10

Romance – 10

WTfactor – 10 (note: I don’t think I’ve ever agreed with something so much in my life)

I don’t know how to feel about this movie. I mean, the acting was amazing – even, and perhaps especially, by the child actors who played young Francisco and Thomás – and the cinematography was great. The content, however… I don’t know how to feel about this movie. Or rather, I don’t know how to feel about my reaction to this movie!

Let me point out that this is the third foreign-language film that I’ve been through on the list and, I’ve gotta say, they’re majorly kicking the butt of the US films. From Beginning to End is a Brazilian movie about the unusually close bond between two half-brothers, Francisco and Thomás, and the powerful love that it becomes in their adult life.

I have no criticisms about this movie at all, at least in terms of its production and execution. Everything was as close to flawless as I could imagine, although I suppose the ending was a bit more abrupt than I would have liked. But, even so, it was very well done.

In spite of the blatant incestuous theme of the movie, this was undoubtedly one of – if not the – most intense and beautiful love stories that I have ever seen! Despite my constant reminder to myself that the taboo surrounding incestuous relationships is socially constructed – and relatively recently, at that – it was still difficult for me. Mind you, it wasn’t difficult to appreciate the level of love… what was difficult was the fact that I was so able to appreciate it. Our society has created an almost innate abhorrence of romantic familial relationships… romantic or sexual love between cousins is looked down upon, but we mostly tend to view it as a “redneck” attribute, and therefore brush it off. This same indifference is nowhere to be found when the relationship is one between siblings… let alone between brothers! The fact that this movie explored this subject at all is jaw-dropping; the fact that they pulled it off so endearingly is scary.

What struck me most about this movie – other than the brother on brother love, of course – is the fact, despite such a taboo subject, From Beginning to End found a way to make this aspect almost non-existent. The primary conflict of this movie was the way that the brothers – particularly Francisco – were so deeply affected by their sudden separation from each other. The only time worry over the boys’ intimacy was during their youth when their parents couldn’t understand it. The way they portrayed the development of the soul-bindingly powerful bond of the brothers from infancy created a natural progression that allowed their family to look past the unusualness of the situation and support the love between Francisco and Thomás in their adult lives. I’m sure I’m doing a terrible job of portraying this movie in a positive light, but I think you have to see it to understand. I never would have thought that I’d have this reaction to such subject matter but, thanks to the writing, acting and directing, I maintain that this remains the most powerful and captivating love story that I’ve ever seen.

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13 thoughts on “25 Great Gay Sex Scenes Saga – Movie #11: From Beginning To End (2009)”

      1. I have to watch it to know why, even though I feel that this might just depress me bad; I’m gay with a medical condition, so I don’t date, and watching the emotional paraphernalia distresses me at times, specially when it’s a tragedy, because they love making those nowadays.

        Please don’t be a spoiler, but tell me, does it have a happy or sad ending?

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      2. Go ahead and watch it. It’s a beautiful handling of a very sensitive topic. It’s very emotional, but not at all a tragedy. You’ve gotta let me know what you think when you’re done.

        Ps, I don’t know what your specific circumstances are, but don’t allow any physical limitations restrict how much you live your life, or the amount of love you allow into it.

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      3. I just watched it! I know it’s been quite late, but you know what, I feel ‘depressed’ after seeing some gay movies at times, and albeit you reassured me of the contrary, I was reluctant to pursue it.

        So, instead I got myself into ‘The Golden Girls’ Marathon, 6 seasons in 3 weeks times – talking of about being obsessed and having no ‘life’, -_-.

        (cough cough)

        Anyway, and not to digress further, the movie was brilliant, the protagonists were gorgeous, and the love in between them was fierce, fiery! – ‘Intense’ doesn’t seem to do it.

        I almost forgot that they were brothers, and that they were living an ‘impossible’ love, but hey, this movie also made me realize of my own limitations when it comes to understanding love and the presumed limitations I had it shackled to.

        This movie made me want to learn Spanish/Portuguese (whichever it was), because I don’t feel that any English subtitles would pay the rightful due to what was being said-and-felt.

        I love this movie! Thank you! :O 🙂

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  1. Me again! And about the abrupt end,even it it is subjective, I feel that the idea was to show that Francisco didn’t bar from uniting with Thomas again despite the distance, and which probably underscores that they were, they are prepared to go to beyond insurmountable heights for their love: when Francisco was not able to make love with the woman, because he wasn’t used to it, felt like what he said that was he was trying to think of the other woman as being Thomas during the foreplay; when Thomas was ready to sacrifice his Olympic career because he couldn’t withstand the idea of being away from Francisco…

    I better stop being a spoiler – I am in love with this movie.

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    1. I think you’re absolutely right! The thing is, I just thought that the ending came far more suddenly than I would have liked. I’ve watched the movie MANY MANY MANY times since I first published the post, though, so I’ve come to appreciate the ending far more than I did then.

      But I’m stoked that you seemed to have enjoyed it as much as I did. I was really worried that I my review would have made readers come away with the wrong impression.

      And by the way, you can never go wrong with The Golden Girls, so I totally get you on that front!!

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      1. How much ever beautiful this movie is, I don’t want to go thru it again though; it’s quite hard for a man nearly 25 and who’s never ever been with a man, or been recipient of love, affection, care, and all, to sit and watch such a deep love story, not again.

        The movie is excellent, and I guess – without being judgmental – know who are those who would hate the movie.

        Except if of course, we are missing something that is genuinely grave from the movie.

        Hallelujah! I would have never known of ‘The Golden Girls’ if I had not watched ‘Looking’, I guess, you must have watched that too, :).

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