MATT LeBLANC: still good and chunky after all these years
JOHAN - Eine Liebe in Paris im Sommer 1975 (by bildkraft)
“Johan” Philippe Vallois, considered the first gay-themed film in the history of French cinema, is now published on DVD and recovers deleted scenes from the film, which had to cut his footage to avoid the X rating in its debut commercial theaters in 1976.
Inspired by other European filmmakers had included homosexual themes in his films like Fassbinder, Ken Russel, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini and Jean Genet. Philippe Vallois decided to conduct a highly autobiographical film starring his boyfriend, Johan.
Just before starting the shooting of which was his second feature, Johan is arrested and sent to prison, so the young director decided to revive the disturbing figure of her lover with her camera picking up the gay scene of Paris in the 70’s after searching unsuccessfully for a worthy replacement for the man who focused all his inspiration.
In it, Vallois runs the same scenarios in which lived the wake of his homosexuality when he reached to Paris in 1969, including scenes of explicit sex.
Hugs that last over twenty seconds, release a chemical in your body called “Oxytocin”, which makes you trust the person you’re hugging more.
“We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth” - Virginia Satir, family therapist
Hugging someone is a way of showing that we care, and for both the hugged and hugger, it feels good. When growing up, we are very sensitive to touch. We recognize our parents initially through sense of touch.
Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts like a hormone and helps promote trust. It’s released in the body when we feel safe. This could be through breast-feeding (when we’re little), holding hands, snuggling, dancing with someone, during a massage or body work out or things that generally make us feel at ease. Hugging is definitely one of the things that make us release oxytocin.