'Wild Tigers I Have Known'


Wild Tigers I Have Known
Directed by Cam Archer
Opens February 28, IFC Center
Shot like those old Bruce Weber homoerotic prepubescent ads for Calvin Klein and scored with wind chimes, raindrops, and grunts, Cam Archer’s feature about a 13-year-old boy with a crush on a high-school wrestler is willfully inscrutable. Only a few words are spoken throughout, and on the one hand, you want to applaud Archer for making a movie that asks you to feel more than follow; his film is less story than mood music—a sad song about a troubled, needy outsider trying to find his way in (which is to say, into the pants of hunky Rodeo, played by Patrick White with all the passion of a model staring into a hand mirror). The best scenes are those between Logan and his pal Joey, an outer-space-obsessed nerdling who makes lists of ways to be cool ("mohawk, designer shades, subscribe to Vice") that are genuine, funny, sad. But the film as a whole keeps its distance.

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