Jet Lag by Sergio Tovar Velarde ›› Jet Lag

a short film by Sergio Tovar Velarde.

2011 | 7 mins | Mexico.

starring: Andrés Negrete as Mauricio and Enrique Villanueva as Alfonso.

dedicated to: those who are free, to those who have been and those who will never be.

Spotlight on...

the work of writer and director Sergio Tovar Velarde and the short film Jet Lag. Released three years before Velarde charmed us with his captivating look at the emotional rollercoaster of life and love, that is Four Moons, he delivered this achingly bittersweet story that charted a pair of lovers last hours together, before one leaves the man he loves for the sake of social conformity, seemingly unable or perhaps unwilling to accept his true sexuality.

Yes; there's no happy ending here folks, given this is a tale of woe, as a loving couple break up solely on account of the impossibility of one of the men to accept his homosexuality. But before the last goodbye, our pair of star-crossed lovers do what anyone would under such circumstances, with acts of sexual intimacy obviously high on the farewell agenda. Yet between scenes of sexual embrace, lies a series of heartfelt pleads from one to the other to accept who he is and the life they could have together; alas, to no avail.

Filmed in a meandering in / out-of-focus, frequently close-up style, this physically intimate piece (both actors are clearly at ease in each other's naked company), is akin to eavesdropping on the lovers' final moments together, as we come to witness the loving couple have sex for the final time, hold hands for the last time and say goodbye - forever. Realistically played and backed by the classic melody Flor de azalea by noted Mexican singer / actor Jorge Negrete; check it out below, in Spanish with French subtitles and the universal language of a love, forever lost.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - bare-arsed cheek. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 
Hold me close before the last goodbye, in Jet Lag. The achingly bittersweet story of a love, forever lost, in Jet Lag.
Hold me close before the last goodbye, in Jet Lag.   The achingly bittersweet story of a love, forever lost, in Jet Lag.

contains: scenes of sexual intimacy between leads Andrés Negrete and Enrique Villanueva.

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