|We Once were Tide|
UPDATE: all shorts now reviewed
Blokes (Block), dir. Marialy Rivas, 2011 Chile, 15 min., in Spanish with English subtitles;
Spring, dir. Hong Khaou, 2011 UK, 13 min.;
The In-between, dir. Alain Hain, 2011 USA, 10 min.;
We Once were Tide, dir. Jason Bradbury, 2011 UK, 19 min.
Triple Standard, dir. Branden Blinn, 2010, USA 20 min.;
Family Affair (Assunto de Família), dir. Caru Alves de Souza, 2011, Brazil, 13 min., in Portuguese with English subtitles
|David Alfonso as Luchito in Blokes.|
|Noose and blindfold are not|
toys intended for casual use.
|Danny Bernardy in The In-between|
In The In-between, Jared (Danny Bernardy) has moved in with his boyfriend, a first for him. The question soon arises of how monogamous their relationship is, in theory and in practice. The scripted action between Jared and Robert (Brian Patacca) is accompanied by voiceover of documentary interviews with real gay men about monogamy and relationship issues. Unfortunately, I found the overlapping sound clips annoying, but overall the film offers an insightful exploration of monogamy and infidelity. Recommended.
In We Once Were Tide [photo above], Anthony (Alexander Scott) feels trapped, living with his dependent mother (Mandy Aldridge) in a cottage on the outskirts of a small village on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. There's fuck-all to do at home, but his mother requires constant supervision, so he sits with sketchbook in hand, waiting for inspiration. The one light in his life is his boyfriend Kyle (Tristan Bernays), but their moment of diversion turns to panic when they return to an empty house. Anthony is near his wits’ end, but Kyle has a few surprises in store. Scott and Bernays capture the palpable tension of the maelstrom of conflicting, sometimes contradictory, emotions, set against the desolate beauty of late winter. Highly recommended.
|Crim and D at dinner in Triple Standard|
In Triple Standard, former professional basketball player Crim (William Jennings) and his boyfriend D (Lee Amir-Cohen) must confront Crim’s deep-seated homophobia, which he expresses in nasty interactions during a friendly game at the gym. Indeed, Crim seems to be a poster boy for the idea that the most vocally homophobic guys are the closet cases. I loved the character of D, who is sure of himself and confident in stating his boundaries. Highly recommended.
|Rossi and one of his brother’s friends|
Rossi (Kauê Telloli) lives with his parents and his bully of an older brother Cauã (Thiago Franco Balleiro) in a flat in São Paulo, Brazil. In Family Affair (Assunto de Família), Rossi tries desperately to fit in with Cauã and his friends, who treat him as a nuisance or a plaything at their whim, but Rossi takes it in stride, presumably because he feels he has no choice. Other than his attraction to one of the friends, though, we don't get any insight into Rossi, and the matter-of-fact treatment of the bullying is disappointing. Recommended.
[Note: Family Affair (Assunto de Família) is not to be confused with Assuntos de Família – O Filme, the Brazilian title for the 2000 Growing Pains reunion movie. This film has neither Alan Thicke nor Kirk Cameron.]