31 user 25 critic

Dorian Blues (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 September 2006 (Germany)
High school senior Dorian begins a gay man's odyssey when he determines that he's gay and decides to come out. Chief among concerns is the reaction of his father, who has never liked him.


Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

13 wins. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Fifteen-year-old Beni falls in love with Fögi, a singer in a Rock band. As Fögi seduces him, Beni is willing to follow him where ever he takes him. But Fögi is a drug addict and pulls Beni ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Gisler
Stars: Frédéric Andrau, Vincent Branchet, Urs Peter Halter
Wastelands (2013)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Lonely teenager Marc is secretly in love with Olaf, the cool boy-next-door. He dreams about a relationship with him, and when the two go camping, this dream seems to become reality for Marc... See full summary »

Director: Marco van Bergen
Stars: Frederik Stuut, Daniël Brak, Henny Renes
HerzHaft (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Felix is secretly in love with Ralph. This doesn't seem to be the biggest problem, but Felix is fifteen and Ralph is his thirty-four-year-old soccer coach. They meet every day in secret. ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Busker
Stars: Tommaso Cacciapuoti, Ferdinand Hanisch, Johanna Niedermüller
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Sebastien is a small town boy who moves to Paris and begins to explore the gay night life there. When a friend from back home calls to announce he's coming to Paris, Sebastien confronts some unrequited feelings.

Directors: Bernard Alapetite, Cyril Legann
Stars: Benoît Delière, Johnny Amaro, Thibault Boucaux
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Khoi, a naive twenty-year-old, travels to Ho Chi Minh City from the countryside to begin a new life. It's his first time in the big city and he's looking for a place to live. He befriends ... See full summary »

Director: Ngoc Dang Vu
Stars: Manh Hai Luong, Vinh Khoa Ho, Linh Son Nguyen
Walang kawala (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Joaquin (Polo Ravales), an unassuming fisherman, is forced to confront his homosexuality when his sex-starved wife Cynthia (Althea Vega) returns from her overseas job eager to get pregnant.... See full summary »

Director: Joel Lamangan
Stars: Polo Ravales, Joseph Bitangcol, Emilio Garcia
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

When a new boy moves into the area Cecilie and Peter's friendship is changed.

Director: Frank Mosvold
Stars: Kristian Dale Hakkelberg, Stian Barsnes Simonsen, Silje Andresen
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A fictionalized account of what may have happened when John Lennon and Brian Epstein went on holiday together to Spain in 1963.

Director: Christopher Munch
Stars: David Angus, Ian Hart, Stephanie Pack
Kompisar (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Two friends, Björn and Hampus, decide to move in together. If one ignores the fact that the two men are completely different, theirs is a close relationship. Being in love with your best ... See full summary »

Director: Magnus Mork
Stars: Sven Boräng, Jonas Eskilsson, Emilie Lidgard
Violine (2012)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two unlikely kindred spirits share an unlikely moment of intimacy with a violin.

Director: Roman Ilyushenko
Stars: Johannes Huth, Hannes Sell
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Beneath a railroad bridge a young rural gay man begins to his explore his gay feelings with the aid of an understanding friend.

Director: Michael Burke
Stars: Mickey Smith, Jason Hayes, Todd Batstone
Trick (1999)
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The misadventures of two young gay men, trying to find a place to be alone, one night in Manhattan.

Director: Jim Fall
Stars: Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Tori Spelling


Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorian Lagatos
Nicky Lagatos
Steve Fletcher ...
Tom Lagatos (as Steven Charles Fletcher)
Maria Lagatos
Ryan Kelly Berkowitz ...
Tiffany (as Ryan Kelly Berkowitz) (as Ryan K. Berkowitz)
Chris Dallman ...
Social Worker
Cody Nickell ...
Jack Abele ...
Ben's Father
Richard Burke ...
Carl Dana ...
Portia Kamons ...
Party Matchmaker


Coming-of-age. A small-town young man realizes why he's such a misfit - he's gay! Adolescence is proving a pain for the always-thinking Dorian. He's an outcast and the butt of classmates' fag jokes at high school. He's different and understands why when he reaches the conclusion that he's a "stereotypical gay." He soon announces this discovery to his homophobic, Nixon-loving dad. As Dad throws him out of the house, Dorian's off to NYU to encounter a new world of coffee houses, sophisticates and handsome men. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Sometimes finding yourself is a matter of checking the closet. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

28 September 2006 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Dorian Blues - Eine witzig-spritzige Tragödie  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$185,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,605 (USA) (23 September 2005)


$71,469 (USA) (10 February 2006)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Wardrobe Designer Agnes Elizabeth Kapusta is credited in two different ways, as Agnes Elizabeth Kapusta in the opening credits, and as Agnes E. Kapusta in the closing credits. See more »


Social Worker: She wanted me to enroll in one of these, uh , oh, aw... whadda you call it? Ah, Anger Management courses.
Dorian Lagatos: How'd you feel about that?
Social Worker: Pissed me off!
See more »


Featured in 2006 Glitter Awards (2006) See more »


Dorian Riff
Written & Performed by Cody Nickell
Courtesy of Cody Nickell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

sweet, comedic sketch of American masculinity that captures many of the intricacies of coming out
1 May 2006 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

The film captures some of the experiences that can be part of people's coming out: arrival at the point where you just don't care what other people think of you anymore; falling for the first mature gay person you meet who treats you as a human being (his therapist); temporarily going back into the closet, only to change your mind; the internalized homophobia of going out of your way to appear straight; sleeping with someone you're not terribly attracted to just because they're the only person you know of who's available and gay; the interactive relationship between the honesty that impels you to come out as gay and the honesty in other compartments of your life; family members not wanting to listen to you or to take your sexual orientation seriously (his dad); family members wanting you to hide and deny your sexual orientation (his brother); family members initially freaking out but gradually changing their attitude (his brother); family members wanting to have a relationship with you but trying to avoid the gay part of your life (his brother); the fact that coming out is a long process that keeps coming back to you, not a confession that lasts as long as it takes you to tell people you're gay.

The 3-dimensional characters were Dorian, his brother, his first boyfriend, his dad (though exaggerated in the service of satire), and his oblivious and out-of-the-loop mom (who shatters this characterization at the end, revealing her wisdom). Dorian is not sexually objectified or portrayed as innocent. Rather, his character is developed as that of a smart-assed but courageous, realistically awkward adolescent boy.

Another theme was the overlap between being different and being gay. Looking at the film summary and user comments (most of which I agree with), some people seem to have misinterpreted, in my opinion, what this film says about being gay. It is one boy's coming out story, not every gay man's coming out story. Not all gay people were always different. Likewise, not all high school students who deviate from normality are gay. Another phenomenon in the user comments was the idea that just because this was a good film, the actors and director are going to rise to fame. News flash: there are many, many talented and hard-working actors and directors who never get a big break.

Straight people (99% of whom I've observed to be ignorant of the myriad issues LGBT people go through in coming out and the fact that these issues are caused by our heterosexist, homophobic culture) should see this movie.

Dorian Blues doesn't stray from Hollywood's typical portrayal of a gay coming out story of a white, middle class boy who likes dancing and isn't good at sports (not to mention that one of its two black characters is absurdly dehumanized for a cheap plot advancement), nor does it overcome Hollywood's aversion to three-dimensional female roles, but it doesn't pretend to be anything it isn't.

Furthermore, its portrayal of the preciousness of sibling relationships despite gaps in understanding motivated me to write a letter to my brother.

More than anything, its message is of the harmfulness of our rules for how men should be. We often think of women as being the ones who are short-shifted by gender roles, but this film shows how they hurt all of us.

The Spanish-subtitled version is called "El Secreto de Dorian."

9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: