Straight Men and the Men Who Love Them 3
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This third installment of international shorts chronicles the pitfalls and pleasures of fluid sexuality in men exposing the complex, dynamic and at times volatile relationships and situations surrounding friendships and hidden attractions. Themes included in this selection explore the differences and similitudes of shared experiences as societal expectations, stereotypes, and traditional values are unexpectedly challenged as attitudes evolve.
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Quarters (American): A more typical story of a homosexual guy who has always been in love with his heterosexual best friend, but never shared how much he loved him until his friend is about to get married. One can see it as a last minute opportunity to win his friend's heart or just to get it off his chest that he was always sexually in love with his best friend but was suffering from his feelings by never revealing it before.
Rubber Duckie (American): Not your typical story of two friends in which one mistreats the other, and sometimes via violence. Though this is an abusive relationship, they are still friends. The submissive one seems to accept the abuse because of his adoration of this abusive friend, but possibly because they are in an isolated place where he has no other available friend. Think of abusive husbands with wives who never leaves, that's what this story is about except it's two men instead.
Boy Game (European): Two young heterosexual friends, coming of age, loves women, but don't know how to connect with women. Due to curiosity about sex, the two decides to experience/experiment with each other in order to prepare for their future encounters with women.
Early One Summer (Australian): A high school student and a married teacher are befriended. They spend time with each other in tennis and camping and other activities. The teacher sees himself as a coach to the student while the student looks up to the teacher as someone who is supposed to know better. This relationship, however, is beyond social acceptance, and when the wife discovers how far this friendship goes, she approaches her husband on the subject. Think of this as an affair, but not with another woman.
From Here to There (Asian/Hong Kong): Two young men attended college together, but 10 years later they meet again. During the time they were in college, they fell in love but also broke apart. Ten years later, the memory of their affection still exist, however, their lives changed. What happens at the end of their meeting 10 years later will surprise you, but can be expected. Excellent story about homosexual curiosity.
Each film is done with good acting; and direction will depend on how you feel the story is told. Overall, the subject is difficult for some people to watch, but if you are okay with the idea of homosexuality or homosexual curiosity, then you will find these films pretty well done.