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Great Production of a Story that Lacks Motivation and Purpose
on May 15, 2014
A good production but incomplete narrative & unsatisfying ending. There's not enough within this story to justify the happenings. *Maybe Spoilers* Handsome married Marc is at police academy and befriends hot, rule-bending Kay. We see Marc open to Kay's rule bending influence, but overwhelmingly we see him engaged in a happy married life with a lovely pregnant wife and supportive family. Almost randomly Kay forces himself on Marc. After some exposition of Marc's inner struggle, a sexual affair ensues. We see it coming, cause it's on the cover art for the film; but there's not enough in the story to see it coming. Later, although Kay doesn't seem the type, he professes love for Marc. After Marc's mother catches them kissing, Kay confesses his feelings to Marc's parents, when they confront him at a party at Marc's house, sooooo that's not right. The story isn't Fatal Attraction like so what gives? Obviously Marc has feelings of attachment to Kay but never confesses love for him. He denies being gay after the affair is discovered and the film even shows Marc unable to engage in sex with another guy during an emotional bottoming out. (I hate gay sex used as rock-bottom for an emotionally distressed person; as in "Shame.") So therein lies the problem with the storytelling; What is the story telling? The unsatisfying end doesn't give closure. It gives an impression that Marc will be OK. But the good people around him and their stories are left shattered. That's not like Marc; he's no sociopath; so again, what gives? We might conclude he was suffocating in a really great life and the affair was his escape, but there was something specific for him about Kay, and nothing to indicate the emotional burden. Maybe it's a cautionary tale for "hot for married guy" gays; Look what your lust shall bestow! Nah, it's a story of self discovery; of the power, surprise and consequence of unexpected physical attraction, though it doesn't say so. Uptick to 3 stars for production, acting talent and many elements of the story that left me feeling a lot. Down-tick to 3 stars for a vague narrative that renders a plausible plot confounding and well played characters incomplete.