The British-Estonian drama “Firebird” is a sort of film we don’t see as a lot as we used to: An earnestly introduced homosexual romance, centering on the heartbreak of getting to cover who and the way one loves.
On a Soviet army base in Estonia in 1977, Sergey Serebrennikov (Tom Prior) is a reluctant personal who’s counting the times till his army service is over and going again to engaged on his household’s farm. His dream, if he ever dared to pursue it, could be to enroll in drama college in Moscow and develop into an actor.
Sergey tells his goals to his finest pal on base, Luisa (Diana Pozharskaya), who works within the workplace of the bottom’s commander, Comrade Colonel Kuznetsov (Nicholas Woodeson). Luisa is good on Sergey, however he by no means reciprocates — as a result of he’s homosexual, a secret that can get him court-martialed and imprisoned if it’s ever discovered.
A brand new arrival on base threatens the order in Sergey’s life: Lt. Roman Matvejev (Oleg Zagorodnii), an enthralling pilot who has even Luisa taking discover. However Roman and Sergey uncover a shared curiosity in pictures — and, over time, in one another. However with a KGB-connected main (Margus Prangel) nosing round, they attempt to preserve their love affair out of view.
The story skips forward a yr, with Sergey in Moscow, following his drama-school goals. He will get a shock go to from Roman, who on an task. They resume their romance, once more in secret. However when Roman fears being caught, he leaves, solely to return with information that he’s going to marry Luisa.
Director Peeter Rebane and Prior, the actor enjoying Sergey, co-wrote the script — a direct, heartfelt drama based mostly on the true story of ex-soldier Sergey Fetisov, informed with out a speck of cynicism or irony. That sort of sincerity doesn’t permit for a lot of twists within the narrative, only a regular pounding house of the fervour and hazard in Sergey and Roman’s relationship.
What carries “Firebird” are the equally honest, and passionate, performances by the three leads: Prior and Zagorodnii because the army males who discover themselves in one another’s arms, and Pozharskaya as the girl who loves each of them and doesn’t fathom why that love isn’t returned. These performances are what ship the feelings of “Firebird” hovering.
Opens Friday, April 29, on the Broadway Centre Cinemas (Salt Lake Metropolis). Rated R for language and a few sexual content material. Working time: 107 minutes.