Beyond The Walls

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★★★★★ "Raw and natural, digs deep beneath the surface" QX Magazine

Director: David Lambert

Writer: David Lambert

Stars: Matila Malliarakis, Guillaume Gouix, David Salles


At the end of a night out, Paulo goes for one last drink where he meets barman, Ilir. Being too drunk to get home, Ilir offers to take him back to his place.

The next morning the young handsome musicians joke about sex over breakfast but without realising that this is only the beginning for their erotic journey. Despite initial hesitation the two grow closer and experiment in an sensual world neither knows much about.

When Paulo’s girlfriend finds out about their love affair, she kicks him out which forces him and Ilir to move in together. Whilst at first they fill their days getting to know each other’s bodies and pushing their own limits and boundaries, the intensity of their relationship eventually becomes too much.

Their love is severely tested by a dramatic series of events and when Ilir ends up in prison, Paulo is forced to become independent. He grows close to the older manager of a gay sex store whilst longing for Ilir to come home.

Beyond The Walls charts an intense sexual relationship and was officially selected during Critic’s Week at Cannes. David Lambert’s first feature is for fans of recent gay classics like Weekend and Keep The Lights On and sees an incredibly personal look at a challenging relationship which resonates with us all.

Starring Guillaume Gouix and Matila Malliarakis from Channel 4’s hit show, THE RETURNED.

  • "A carefully crafted, gently moving debut feature."
  • "An intriguing storyline, confident execution and charismatic performances"
    -Screen Daily

  • "a crisp reflection of new love morphing into something more tragic"
    -So So Gay

  • "Raw and natural, digs deep beneath the surface"
Cast: Matila Malliarakis, Guillaume Gouix, David Salles
Director: David Lambert
Writer: David Lambert
Country: Belgium
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Format: PAL
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 95 mins
Sound: Dolby 5.1
VoD Release Date: 23-08-2013
DVD Extras: Short Film Live a Bit Longer
Year: 2012

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