a short film by Jacob Brown.
2011 | 9 mins | US.
starring: Nathaniel Brown / the Young Man, Byrdie Bell / the Young Woman and Luke Worrall as the Beautiful Boy.
Official Synopsis: "One night a young couple visit a bar, one where they meet a young creature of a boy. This boy possesses an otherworldly physical beauty that could attract anyone; man or woman. And indeed the young lovers are attracted, one more so than the other."
There's a lovely dreamlike feel to this short film from writer and director Jacob Brown, namely the man behind the eagerly awaited feature JacobJosefAimee, as we encounter the mixed emotions of a hitherto happy heterosexual who begins to question the nature of his sexuality, upon a chance meeting with a man whose middle name is seduction. Only in what is a well worn theme, here we find Brown mould his cinematic clay into a lush vignette styled work, along the way paying meticulous attention to its light and shade.
A journey on the path of human sexuality, in Blinders.
Complimented by a vibrant piano score from John Magee, together with Bobby Bukowski's ever solid cinematography, this is a work that beautifully conveys the mindset of a man still in love with his girl, yet equally consumed by his passion for the angelic-like form of the short's Beautiful Boy, namely actor and model Luke Worrall. Yet this is Nathaniel Brown's show and as the film's Young Man he is found to be wearing blinders, solely able to see in front of him upon his journey on the path of human sexuality. Only as the road goes its diverging way, which route will he take, if indeed he should take one direction, at all?
That the answer is not forthcoming is reflective of the arty nature of the piece and whilst the indirect style of the narrative may prove irksome to some, personally speaking, I loved it.
Gay Visibility - overt.
Nudity - the brief monty.
Overall - file under ... 3 stars.