When a young Dutch tourist gets stranded at the start of his US vacation, he finds help from an unlikely stranger.
Cue the life of Mikael; a Dutch tourist new to Los Angeles and a young man who having lost his wallet, broken his mobile and I won't even mention what happened to his luggage, chances upon his guardian angel is the form of Carlitos; a cutie who turns tricks to pay the rent. Taking pity on a lost soul alone in the City of Angels, he lets Mikael stay overnight at his place whilst he goes out to get laid / paid, a situation that finds Villanueva delight in a series of comical asides, as Mikael makes light of his troubles, that is until events take a turn for the brutally serious.
Opening and closing with a native language voiceover from Timo Descamps, this is, in essence, the story of two strangers who come to bond as one. Yet the set-up for such, you'll know it when you see it, frankly could have been better executed, with a visit to A&E thereafter having notably gone AWOL. That said, there's still a lot to like here, including the wonderfully natural performances from Descamps and Villanueva, familiar faces to those who know their gay cinema, with Villanueva having showed more of his acting prowess, amongst other things, in the David Lewis "and then suddenly all my clothes fell off" film Longhorns.
Bottom line and whilst this is one of those titles that's hardly earth-shattering, Villanueva's heart it has to be said is clearly in the right place, having delivered the sweet story of boys in love, one that will certainly tick all the right boxes for those who like happy endings and how fate can, at times, play its romantic hand. As ever, check it out and see what you think.