Had the chance to watch “Bent” – a heart-wrenching movie that portrays the annihilation of homosexuals in the Nazi concentration camps in Germany. Based on the 1979 play of the same name by Martin Sherman, it stars well-known actors like Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau, Ian McKellen, Brian Webber II, and Mick Jagger.

The movie won the ‘Award of the Youth’ at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, and in 1998 won the ‘Best Feature Film’ in the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

After the murder of Sturmabteilung leader Ernst Röhm on the Night of the Long Knives, the Nazi began their systematic persecution and annihilation of German homosexuals and Jews.

What struck me was the several sex scenes in the movie and how gay sex is portrayed. I choked at the scene where Max (Clive Owen) and Horst (Lothaire Bluteau) made love remotely at the Dachau concentration camp.

Max: “…we can’t look at each other, we can’t touch…”
Horst: “we can feel.”

Bent movie (1997) Max and Horst moments before they made love without touching each other

Max and Horst standing besides each other moments before they made love without touching each other

But if you are looking for something to masturbate to, the movie will be a disappointment. Instead it will probably lead you to question sex, your gay identity, love, and commitment, and to appreciate the dignity that lies in acknowledging one’s beliefs. If you were Max, would you choose the pink triangle or the yellow triangle?

Powerful and profound, and absolutely meaningful. We need more films like these.