Watch: Swan Song 2021 123movies, Full Movie Online – Pat Pitsenbarger was once Sandusky, Ohio’s leading hairdresser and shining light of its gay community. Now living in a nursing home, he’s informed that the town’s society leader, a former customer, has requested his services for her funeral. Escaping the nursing home with only his flashy jewelry, he heads to town on foot. Along the way, he visits the grave of his late partner, whom he still loves deeply, and is treated to a flashy wardrobe makeover by a woman who always admired his style. Dropping by the gay bar where he used to perform drag as “Mr. Pat,” he learns it’s their final night. He attends the festivities and recaptures some of the joy of his youth. He also faces the anger he feels at having been betrayed by his beauty shop protégé and the customer who abandoned him when his partner died of AIDS..
Plot: An aging hairdresser escapes his nursing home to embark on an odyssey across his small town to style a dead woman’s hair for her funeral, rediscovering his sparkle along the way.
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one last go
SXSW 2021 Greetings again from the darkness. It’s never too late. We’ve all heard the phrase, but is it accurate … at least mostly? Writer-director Todd Stephens met the real life Pat Pitsenbarger in a small town gay bar, and he turned that person into this engaging story by casting the great Udo Kier in the lead. When we first meet Pat, he’s living a life of daily drudgery in a nursing home. He’s a curmudgeon whose hobbies are folding (perfectly) the paper napkins he takes from the cafeteria, and sneaking a smoke when no one is looking. We also see how tenderly he treats an incapacitated neighbor. It’s not the last time we see his two sides.
Pat was once a renowned hairdresser in Sandusky, Ohio. When he is informed that a long-time former (wealthy) client has passed away, and her dying wish was for Pat to do her hair for the funeral, he sneaks out of the home and begins a road trip down memory lane. Despite Pat spending the time on foot, the film has the feel of a true road trip movie as he crosses paths with many folks – some new and some with ties to his previous life. One of his first stops is the graveyard to visit his life partner who died of AIDS. We realize Pat still grieves.
There is a hilarious stop at a convenience store as he tries to knock off the items on his shopping list for the project. Since he has no money, Pat depends on the kindness of others … and his own sticky fingers. As he makes his way through town, some folks remember him, while others remind him of how long he’s been gone and how much has changed. His house and business may be gone, but his memories remain.
Two folks from his past generate tremendous scenes. Pat confronts Dee Dee Dale (a reserved Jennifer Coolidge) who gets to tell her side of the story of their unpleasant business split so many years ago. Even better is a “conversation” in the park with his old friend Eunice (a superb Ira Hawkins). The two old friends toast the bygone days of their gay club, while also acknowledging the new world of the gay community. It’s a touching sequence.
But the most surprising portion of the film occurs at the funeral home, where Pat imagines a final chat with that recently deceased client, Rita Parker-Sloan. What a pleasant surprise (actually shock!) to see Linda Evans back on screen. She is terrific in her brief appearance and we’ve really missed her over the last 23 years. But this film belongs to Udo Kier, and he kills. Pat is known as “The Liberace of Sandusky” and Kier embraces all that entails. This is a sentimental story punctuated by a spirited performance – and a Shirley Bassey song!
Kudos and blessings on Todd Stephens and Udo Kier for making an absolutely perfect movie. Acting, writing, casting, cinematography, editing, set design, costumes, soundtrack, music selections (two Shirleys…..Bassey AND Horn) and directing… it’s all perfect.
(The scene with Pat treating his fellow resident to a makeover brings to mind the scene in All That Jazz when Joe comforts a fellow hospital patient, and tops it.)
Go. See. Laugh. Cry. Enjoy.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min)
Director Todd Stephens
Writer Todd Stephens
Actors Udo Kier, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans
Country United States
Awards 7 wins & 11 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Mini
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema