Los Angeles

Jesper Just

Perry Rubenstein Gallery

It Will All End in Tears, 2006, Jesper Just’s splendidly moody threepart film, weaves an oblique melodrama that involves two protagonists—a beautiful, aloof young man and a somber old man who yearns for him. Their episodic encounters are charted against three distinctly different settings—a garden in morning light, where we glimpse moments of arousal and joy; a courtroom in which an interrogation is under way; and an industrial rooftop at night, where danger seems palpable. Given their contradictory behavior, what the characters mean to each other is unclear—the young man entices the older one, then brushes him off; the older man accepts help from the younger man and then, later, runs and hides from him. The characters’ to-and-fro hints at passion tempered by loss. Were they once lovers? Does their interaction represent the struggle to reconcile youth with old age? The

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