Behind the Candelabra

Director Steven Soderbergh seems to have been courting publicity this year with statements that he has had enough of film making and is calling it a day. I sincerely hope he doesn’t.

Behind the Candelabra is the blingingly touching story of Liberace and his relationship with a younger man, on whose memoir the story is based.  The film does not shy away from portraying the physical relationship between the two characters, which makes the performances of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon all the more remarkable.  They both portray broken, lonely men who form a genuine, if sometimes difficult relationship.

Douglas steals the show, of course, but Matt Damon plays a complicated role to perfection, and he brought a tear to my eye in the final act.

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