Is Maya Dardel serious? The regal Lena Olin plays her with frank ferocity and arrogant certainty, but so much about the grandiose poet borders on parody. Co-writers and directors Magdalena Zyzak and Zachary Cotler originally called their elegant, irksome film A Critically Endangered Species.
On a cold evening in Philadelphia, the group of gay men in Beautiful Something seek out the warmth of steamy sex. But writer/director Joseph Graham uses the encounters between these men to construct a compassionate romantic drama.