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Madagascar Skin
Madagascar Skin
Actors: Bernard Hill and Mark Anthony, John Hannah
Director: Chris Newby
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2008     1hr 33min

Although surrounded by pumped up muscle boys at the gay disco, Harry (John Hannah) is alone. The odd shaped birthmark on his face sees to that. In the dark room he find the touch of other men but once the lights come up, a...  more »


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Actors: Bernard Hill and Mark Anthony, John Hannah
Director: Chris Newby
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance
Studio: Water Bearer Films
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/07/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Beauty IS in the eye of the Beholder
Daniel Andrews | Greensboro, NC United States | 12/20/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a fan of Bernard Hill for many years...ever since the movie Shirley Valentine. I stumbled across Madagascar Skin by accident. At first, I wasn't sure about buying this film because every review I ran across wasn't very positive. However, I was pleasantly suprised and I am glad I took a chance on this film. The movie does unfold a little slowly at the start but the acting is strong and Bernard Hill is a delight. The basic story is about two men that are outcasts from society, they find each other and end up falling in love despite one being gay and the other straight. Yes, the film is a bit artsy and at times I wanted it to go a little deeper but it touched me, especially the end of the film. On one hand the end left me wanting more and caring about both characters and on the other hand it was appropriate and satisfying. Bravo to Harry and Flint for finding and holding on to their little piece of joy in this world."
Madagascar Skin
Billie Davis | NY | 01/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Off-beat British film. Look closely and you'll see famous actors from other films. Touching, and a tad quirky."
Love Between the Lonely
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 12/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Madagascar Skin"

Love Between the Lonely

Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride

From WaterBearer Films comes "Madagascar Skin", the story of Harry and Flint, a very unlikely couple. Harry is a shy gay man who just can't manage the gay scene, especially the bar scene. Flint is older and crusty and his background is mysterious. They meet and their relationship evolves from distrust to deep love. It is a comforting film and very romantic. Harry has a birthmark on his face in the shape of Madagascar, hence the title. Harry is a perfect example of insecurity; he has been spurned and rejected. Flint has felt the pains of time and s reduced to living on the beach eating spiders and mice. He also appears to be heterosexual.
The two set up house together in a little clay cottage by the sea. Harry is attracted to Flint but is in fear of rejection. Slowly, ever so slowly, mutual affection rules and the way it happens is both touching and believable. Flint wins Harry over and they realize that they are outcasts in an unfeeling society. There always remains the threat of outward forces ripping apart their idealistic life.
This is truly a romantic movie, a story of two people finding strength and love in each other. It is one of those surprise kind of movie that wins you over. The photography is beautiful and the plot works wonders as it follows the relationship between two men who are social misfits. Poor Harry, he has been discounted over and over again all because of a mark on his face. The acting is extremely well done. The movie tends to be quite "arty" using a lot of symbolism and classic dialog but like I said, the performances are excellent and it is definitely work a look.