In the style of LA RONDE, writer/director Temistocles Lopez's character-star-studded drama examines the linked love lives of denizens of a downtown New York dance club. Well acted throughout, it's occasionally amusing. More often, it's plain gross, preachy, and never quite compelling.
DESIRE can barely disguise a political agenda that bends the film away from art and into agitprop. The tone is comically satirical when it comes to the various white heterosexual males in the film, who are, to a man, scheming, deluded, swinish and insensitive. Yet the tone switches to mawkish
earnestness when it comes to everyone else; the women are all sadly beautiful and clear-eyed,...