Paulo first meets Ilir in the bar where he works. When Ilir offers to take Paulo back to his flat because he is too drunk to get home, they find the attraction almost too much to bear. Over breakfast the next morning the young handsome musicians joke about sex, but without even realising, this is where their erotic journey begins. Despite an initial hesitation the two grow closer and experiment in an sensual world neither knows much about.
When Paulo's girlfriend finds out about their love affair, she kicks him out which forces them to move in together. Whilst at first they fill their days getting to know each other's bodies and pushing their own limits and boundaries, the intensity of their relationship eventually becomes too much.
Their love is severely tested by a dramatic series of events and when Ilir ends up in prison, Paulo is forced to become independent. He grows close to the manager of a local gay sex store and ends up becoming submissive in their relationship, whilst longing for Ilir to come home.
Beyond The Walls charts an intense sexual relationship and was officially selected during Critic's Week at Cannes. David Lambert's first feature is for fans of recent gay classics like Weekend and Keep The Lights On and sees an incredibly personal look at a challenging relationship which resonates with us all.