Behind the Candelabra 
Updated: January 21, 2023
No rape or sexual assault
Rape or sexual assault mentioned, discussed, implied
Sexual harassment e.g non-consensual grabbing, touching, cat-calling)
Sexual relationship between adult and teenager
Child sex abuse
Attempted rape
Rape off-screen or strongly implied
Rape on-screen


This film is about a psychologically abusive relationship between a male star musician and a much younger man (involving an evident power imbalance). The latter, who lacked a father figure in his youth, is shown engaging in increasingly destructive behaviour as a result of this situation. Early in the film, as their relationship begins, the younger man is visibly uncomfortable (flinching when the older one comes next to him) and the older man does not care about this: after promising to stay away while sleeping in the same bed, he unpredictably engages in oral sex with the other man when he wakes up. After this, the younger man agrees to move in with the older one. The two men have a sexual relationship but the older one begins a legal process to adopt the younger one (with his consent): however, this does not come to fruition. The older man pushes his young lover into practices that he disapproves of (having multiple partners, going to a peep show, etc.)

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