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Actors: Lionel Baier, Natacha Koutchoumov, Stephane Rentznik, Alicja Bachleda-Curus
Director: Lionel Baier
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
UR     2008     1hr 52min

Directed by Lionel Baier (Garçon Stupide) this sweet, oddball story deftly shuffles between sex, family love and adventure with comedic grace. — From all outward appearances, Lionel is a happy gay man with a great career an...  more »


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Actors: Lionel Baier, Natacha Koutchoumov, Stephane Rentznik, Alicja Bachleda-Curus
Director: Lionel Baier
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Gay & Lesbian, Drama
Studio: Water Bearer Films
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/24/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 52min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: French, Polish
Subtitles: English

Movie Reviews

Smart and funny--road trip to Poland
Blue | Washington, DC United States | 03/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Stealth" is a clever and highly amusing story about arrested development and non-lethal obsession. Lionel and Lucie are a twenty-something brother and sister pair living in Lausanne, Switzerland. They are both attractive, well-employed, have supportive and accepting parents and are involved in affectionate relationships.

Lionel is gay, has a handsome and attentive boyfriend, but is bored and antsy about the future. Lucie is straight, has a hunky Italian boyfriend who loves her, but is forced to confront the future of her relationship when she finds that she is pregnant.

Lionel's long-time interest in a family connection with Poland turns into an obsession when he meets a pretty Polish au pair with visa problems. His decision to marry the girl starts a chain reaction that causes him to break up with his long-suffering boyfriend and ends with his sister "kidnapping" him and taking off for Poland to exorcise her brother's Polish demon.

The sibling road trip is marked by some hilarious dialogue and a series of misadventures. Lionel is beaten up when he intervenes in a domestic argument. His enraged attacker tries to destroy their borrowed car at 70 MPH, inflicting further damage on Lionel. Bleeding and dirty, Lionel encounters an angel of mercy--hunky and friendly Stanislaus--in a public restroom. The very sympathetic (and conveniently French-speaking) Stanislaus takes the Swiss pair under his wing and a romance between the two guys blooms quickly.

But the road trip must continue, and things go rapidly south when they leave "oasis Stanislaus" and head for Warsaw to track down the Polish ancestor who is the obstensible reason for the trip. They very quickly have their car stolen along with most of their money. Against the odds, dirty and broke, they finish the ancestor quest at the Polish National Archives and discover (also conveniently) a living and friendly family link.

The adventure brings some maturity and clarity to the siblings and the film ends with both ready to face life with greater courage and improved prospects for happiness.

This is a quirky story with a very European perspective, but it's lovable and fun. You care about every character in it and the ending, while a little vague, is a classic "feel-good" one. Highly recommended.

A Movie for All of Us
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 06/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Stealth" (Comme des voleurs")

A Movie for All of Us

Amos Lassen

WaterBearer films have just announced the upcoming release of "Stealth" a movie that is for all of us. Lionel is a gay man living in Lausanne, Switzerland. His family has no trouble with his sexuality and he has a good job at the local radio station. Near Christmas Lionel discovered that part of his family came from Poland. This bothered him a great deal and it reached the point that his sister decided to take him to Poland. This was so he could discover the country from which he came and herein is the importance of the film. Even though Lionel is gay this is only secondary to him discovering who he really is. It just takes a tiny bit of information to turn one's world upside down and inside out.
When Lionel becomes smitten with anything Polish, his life begins to change. Lucie, Lionel's sister has herself anchored in reality as opposed to Lionel the dreamer. When Lionel meets a Polish girl, Ewa, an illegal immigrant, he feels obligated to marry her so she will not be deported. To do this he had to break up with his boyfriend. Lucie decided to take Lionel to Poland so that he will be convinced not to marry Ewa. The road trip to Poland is symbolic to the adventures the brother and sister will experience as they begin their personal journey. This is a journey that will lead them to hear the life story of their grandfather.
There are some problems in continuity in the film but these can be overlooked for the essence of the film--that of leaving Switzerland to become Polish when in affect Switzerland has always prided itself with the adoption of immigrants rather than the other way around. With the exception of the pop song used over the end credits, all of the music in the film is by Ravel. Ravel's music has been used many times to set a mood and it works beautifully here.
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a surprising treasure this film is! Congrats to Water Bearer for bringing eclectic "STEALTH" to USA audiences. If I could rate it a "10", I would. Everything about it - the extremely personal twist n' turn plot, the competent and attractive actors, the crisp European cinematography, the gorgeous Ravel music weave pure unadulterated magic. Hey, the dialogue is French/Polish with English subtitles. I usually run for the provincial hills at such a disclosure but in this case the bilingual factor is (for whatever reason) an unexpected PLUS. In so many ways "STEALTH" slyly seduces you to sit up and take notice. And take notice you will."