See young Rupert Everett and young Colin Firth in one of the finest movies ever made!
The story is about Guy Benett (a character loosely based on Guy Burgess, a key figure of the Cambridge Spy ring) , an openly gay boy who attends Eton and is not willing to conform. He abandons his class, betrays his country and becomes a spy for the Soviet Union.
The story starts with the suicide of Martineau, an Eton student who got caught with another boy and facing expulsion and shame eventually commits suicide.The prefects fear a scandal and do their best to cover it. Their hypocricy and class-conciousness becomes more and more clear and the power struggle between them never ceases. With a world-war going on and a scandal to cover they all have very little liking for openly gay Guy Benett and his communist friend Thommy Judd.
The film mainly shows the public school system of the 30ies and how Guy Benett who desperately wants to be a god (which is superior in rank to a prefect) fits in – or rather does not.
His best friend Thommy Judd is a communist with a sense of clever repartee; his lover James Harcourt is a boy from another house. Consequently Guy is always in trouble. See these wonderful buildings and gardens, see uniforms and decadent prefects and, most importantly, see Rupert Everett’s young unspoilt face and his boyish blond lover (Cary Elwes at his sweetest), enjoy Colin Firth as Thommy Judd. Soundtrack is good, too.
It is a very sweet love story, and also a good picture of repression and decadent classes, about internal power struggles and friendship… well, just go and see it.