An Interesting Adventure
We really have not heard much from Switzerland regarding making LGBT movies so I was quite surprised to see “Hilde’s Journey”. Co-written and directed by Christof Vorster, the story is about Mark Hilder or Hilde who has died of AIDS and his lover Steff has inherited his entire fortune. Hilde was the son of a wealthy family so his estate was quite considerable. Steff thinks that he finally will get the chance to do what he has always wanted—to start his own business. What he does not know is that in order to have the inheritance turned over to him, he must first face Hilde’s mother who is a staunch homophobe. As he prepares for this, he suddenly realizes that there are other problems. Rex, an ex-boyfriend of Hilde, suddenly appears. He is HIV negative and extremely handsome and sexy as well as headstrong and he is determined that Hilde’s last wish be carried out—to have his ashes scattered at sea. Of course, Hilde’s mother objects and Steff manages to make an arrangement with her—a small percentage of the inheritance and the urn with Hilde’s ashes in exchange for the total estate. Rex then steals the urn and this forces Steff to take a good look at himself and make decisions about what really matters.
There are several holes in the script but the film is interesting nonetheless. We have all heard of families that have forgotten their sons but who suddenly re-enter the picture when the son has died. This is a story about honor and its betrayal. The overriding theme is that love will hold us together regardless of the heavy choices we must make in life. Even with its flaws, the movie clearly presents the problems of legality of a partner’s rights and this makes this film important.