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For starters, this is not a perfect film, but because it addresses the story in a non-manipulative, honest manner that makes no promises, I felt it should get some extra points. This is what seems to be a mystery at first, then we learn that when the acceptance of denial becomes a life re-set process, the mystery can evaporate quickly and no longer be relevant. For anyone who has ever experienced the anger and pain of love that is non-reciprocal, this film will trigger some emotions and memories. Do people mean to hurt each other? Or is that the only way some can deal with love's loss? How much honesty and trust gets inadvertantly suffocated by the passion, excitement and joy in the early days of a love affair because the white-hot sensuality takes over so completely? It may take a week, or a year, or ten years, but sooner or later we are fully aware of the mutual responsibilities and feelings we have. The lucky ones have gone forward by keeping the desire, love, trust and honesty alive without forcing it or over-analyzing it. It just IS. The not so fortunate can easily mistake love for a goal that has finally been achieved, rather than a consciousness that must be permitted to grow and flourish within the process of being the best we can be for ourselves and for each other. The course of events in this story depict just how complex and devastating love can be when honesty isn't honorable and trust becomes an assumption. The suggestion that age differences can be both positive and negative factors is subtley examined. Dylan is 23, idealistic and lacking the life and emotional experiences--for better or good--of both Ken, his partner of one year, and Demetrius, the other man in the equation. That's really all you need to know without my tossing out some spoiler alerts. The black and white photography works wonderfully with the moods and environments of the story. Much of the outdoor scenery is very reminiscent of the work of the great Ansel Adams, with sharp contrasts, crisp blacks and whites and carefully controlled shades of grey. The Arizona backgrounds offer a sense of starkness that is striking, but not overwhelming, and is perfect for the often conflictive storyline. The indoor photography is not always as defined and some scenes appear murkey, but considering the characters and situations, perhaps it was purposely done. The score is adequate and non-intrusive, but not remarkable. This movie is well worth a look. There are no slow moments, and the script is literate. The acting is good, if a bit uneven at times. As I mentioned, the obvious quest for honesty and truth on the part of the director is what elevates the film. He knows his story, his characters and what he wants to say and how to say it. He cares about his art, and that makes us care about it too.
This movie while not perfect was not half bad either. The lead actor was so good looking and as good as he looked he could act as well. He def played the part of a guy who fell in love hard and easily and unsuccessfully. I really like the black and white concept throughout the film as it really worked out well. The character of Ken who was not really seen so much but was used pretty well here, he was pretty much the jerk of the movie who just seemed so dishonest and shady but still the Dylan character was hooked on him. The Jeff character did not do that much for me here...he seemed all over the place and there were parts of this movie I kept thinking to myself no wonder that Ken ran out on Jeff... he seemed kind of unbalanced at times. All in all it was a sweet movie about people unlucky in love and the lengths they go through to hold onto something thats not really there to begin with.
This is a twisted love story.. in a good way.. one that I never expected 10 minutes into the movie yet it is incredible and wonderful. The two main actors are perfect in their depictions of the damaged characters that they play. At times it was seemingly not a plausible story line and then yet they made this totally believable. I truly loved this movie and I could see a sequel being made to continue this love story.
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2020
This movie has an art house vibe leaving inquisitive viewers to beg if this was filmed in black and white so that viewer focus in on the dialogue and building of relationships. With most gay romances there is usually an intense focus on the natural surrounding suggesting that same sex romances are something wordly this movie uses 90's Phoenix as that backdrop. For me the dialogue in this movie combined with these subtle yet very artistic shots of the landscape is what keeps viewers enthralled. This is an intense yet subtle movie the leaves us wanting to discuss the situations presented.
So your partner frequently travels on business, and you decide to surprise him by showing up at his hotel in Phoenix. Only the surprise is two-sided. Not only that, but there is a love twist that surprises even the surprised. This is not one of those success-driven, happily-ever-after movies, but a realistic look at how life sometimes turns out differently than we expect. For many, human relationships are much more complex than we realize. This is a good movie.
Si le scénario en lui-même n'a rien de très surprenant, ce film est quand même très agréable à regarder et donne lieu à des échanges de point de vue sur le couple gay entre des personnes de différentes générations : le jeune Dylan, d'une vingtaine d'années, est romantique et idéaliste ; Demetrius, une quarantaine d'années, est lui plus mature, plus philosophe mais aussi un brin désabusé alors qu'un couple d'amis soixantenaires, ensemble depuis 19 ans, ont une vision plus hédoniste et libre du couple.
Au final, un bon film 100% gay qui vaut la peine d'être vu.