There is a reason it's my favourite film.
This film, in addition to being the debut Rupert Everett and Colin Firth's big-screen acting careers, is one of the most beautiful, funny, and heart wrenching tales that I myself have ever had the great pleasure of watching. Based loosely on the school days of Guy Burgess, a member of the infamous Cambride Spy Ring during the Cold War, the film follows charming and clever Guy Bennett (Everett) as he anticipates becoming a 'God' of the school, and falls hopelessly in love with the younger James Harcourt (Cary Elwes). However, due to a recent scandal involving the outing and subsequent suicide of another homosexual student, Bennett's involvement becomes all the more dangerous, and the outspoken Bennett finds himself in direct opposition to authority. Bennett's constant, though more than occassionally patronising friend, Tommy Judd (an almost shockingly young, and already extremely talented Colin Firth) is a diehard Marxist and An outcast in the British boarding school way of life. Although for most of the film, Judd is reluctant to accept Guy's thoughts and actions as sincere, he eventually becomes the voice of reason in a world where they are both persecuted outcasts. At times funny, thought-provoking, angering, and even unbearably sad, "Another Country" is a film for anyone who's ever been in love, been hated, or been firm in their convictions. Combined with the beautiful backdrop of Cambridge University and tasteful shots, this is a film that will linger and perhaps make you rethink what you were once sure of.