For the first half of this film, the only aspect even remotely unique about Fogi Is A Bastard is that
it is set in Switzerland. Otherwise the movie appears to be just another presentation of an oft-repeated gay
European cinema theme in which an innocent gay lad develops a crush on an undeserving cad who leads him down a path
During the second half of the film, however, the characters take a decidedly interesting turn. Director
Marcel Gisler examines a shifting power relationship that seems inextricably tied to shifting economic
circumstances of the two main characters. This shift though is reflected in more than finances. We see
it as well in the characters’ abilities to cope with their environments and, most interestingly, in a subtle shift
in the romantic relationship that holds this unlikely pair together.
My assigned rating of three stars is actually the result of averaging. The first half of the movie is
drudgery and barely worthy of a single star, but the complexity of the second half merits the five stars awarded to
truly thought provoking films. The latter makes the former worth enduring.