With the romantic backdrop of Paris, Bad Boy Street tells the story of how two men strike up ad unlikely relationship after one is found drunk and passed out in the middle of the street. Although a bit of a slow starter, the film picks up midway through and keeps you enticed by the mysterious Brad (Kevin Miranda) and wondering where his unlikely relationship with Claude (Yann de Monterno) will go.
Amidst the main theme of the unlikely relationship developing between the two strangers we later find a more interesting theme running through the film, which takes a look at how being closeted can be harmful. There are also the secrets that bubble behind the film sets in Hollywood, and questions about just how much control PR agents have over their clients. However if this undercurrent of thought didn’t develop midway through the film, then I would be talking about it in a completely different way, as I almost lost interest.
The shooting of the film is little bit hit and miss. The scenes in the streets give the film a dark, indie, vintage feel to it, so you almost feel as though you’re looking at the screen through Instagram. But what lets the shooting of the film down is the scenes in Claude’s flat, as they try to make them look very realistic, but the realism is lost and it just looks badly executed.
The parts where scenes are linked, with no talking and just music are in my opinion the best parts, as they allow you to get engrossed within the film, which is something some of the other scenes just miss out on.
The actors featured in the film are a little middle of the road but they aren’t awful. They make you feel for the characters and what is happening to them, which in all fairness is all you really need them to do. A special mention has to be given to Florence d’Azemar, who is both funny and a bit of a hot mess as Catherine, helped by the fact that she gets some of the better lines in the film.
Overall Verdict: Overall this is a bittersweet love story that unfolds in a mostly unconventional way. It isn’t the best film I’ve ever seen but then again it isn’t the worse, as it raises a number of interesting issues, so if you get the chance give it a watch.
Reviewer: Lewis Shepherd