Spinnin'

Spinnin'

Streaming Video - 2007 | Spanish
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A young gay couple looking to have a child are the center of a cast of eccentric characters.
Publisher: [United States] : Breaking Glass Pictures : Made available through hoopla, 2007
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Video
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 110 min.)) : sd., col

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petehoover98118
Apr 08, 2014

From before 1995, when HIV was a guaranteed death sentence, a woman who is HIV+ and pregnant looks for someone to care for her baby after she dies. She settles on a long-term committed gay couple involved in soccer in Madrid, and involved in making an arty documentary about something that's never explained. Film was hard to take as it's difficult now to remember how bad things used to be at that time, but they really were like this.

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MeaninglessBark
Mar 27, 2014

Spinnin' is not horrible and it's not wonderful. (It is fairly literal; there is a lot of spinning in the movie, many scenes of people and things literally spinning around in circles.)

It is a nice look at different sorts of queer relationships. There are no pretty model boy couples sitting around cafes grousing about how hard it is to find true love.

Spinnin' suggests that everyone is fractured and all relationships are flawed and that collapsing into the arms of friends and strangers is how it's all dealt with.

Despite that dreary view of love Spinnin' is surprisingly light and upbeat and goofy. The goofiness would be cringe inducing if Spinnin' wasn't so artificial and fanciful. It feels like an elaborate stage play with free form dance and rainbow colored sets. More layers of intentional artificiality are provided by artsy film effects such as over saturated colors, B&W clips, purposely rough edits, and intentional looking wear on the film.

The music in Spinnin' film is great modern indie pops that helps keep the film from seeming too much like a Rainbow Family Gathering Production.

Had Spinnin' been half an hour or 45 minutes long the reaction to the film would have been "Wow! That was neat!"

But at 110 minutes long Spinnin' is probably best viewed with a pitcher or two of sangria or projected on an outdoor wall with an herb fueled drum circle improvising a supplementary soundtrack and dancers with rainbow ribbons spinning all over the place.

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