Everlasting Love (Amor eterno). Marçal Forés. Spain.
Comparing Marçal Forés’ Everlasting Love to Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake (L'inconnu du lac) is almost unavoidable. Both films explore the darker aspects of human desire. And both center around seedy public cruising areas where a lusty, fatalistic affair ignites before traveling down a sinister path of no return. Everlasting Love takes a more infernal path than Stranger by the Lake, blending horror elements with a touch of surrealism as a chance run-in between Carlos (Joan Bentallé), a Japanese language professor, and Toni, (Aimar Vega), a quiet, withdrawn student of his, in the gay cruising woods leads to an afterschool sexual encounter, initiating a dangerous obsession.
TLA Releasing in the U.S. and the U.K. and, under its original title Amor eterno, by Optimale in France a few months back. In the U.S., it’s available for streaming on the new gay platform Dekkoo.