A forbidden love affair in the locker room. Sounds hot, but it actually tackles a very serious issue. Mario is a 2018 Swiss romantic drama film directed by Marcel Gisler that tackles homophobia in sports. Based on the trailer, the compelling love story might be a heartbreaking one. Better have some tissues handy 🙂
There’s a ripple of disquiet in the locker-room when Leon (Aaron Altaras), a new striker, joins the soccer team. Sharing a flat with keen rival Mario (Max Hubacher) sets the scene for an unexpected love affair, but the path of gay love in this macho world is not an easy one. Mario is unwilling or unable to acknowledge the implications of what is happening. But pretend girlfriends don’t fool everyone. And gossip, along with the threat of blackmail, unbalances the team’s morale. With the prospect of a professional career a strong possibility, will Mario forsake the hope of emotional satisfaction for professional gain? This heart-warming rollercoaster of a film, set on and off the field, offers a dynamic and realistic picture of how gay professional athletes are still seen as out of step in the 21st century.
Check out the trailer below. It arrives on DVD and digital VOD on October 30. Jessy Moravec also stars.
MARIO // Official US Trailer