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a short film by Robert Hawk.

2014 | 6 mins | US.

a voyeuristic look at the tears of a gym bunny

starring: Jake Robbins.

Official Synopsis:

An unnamed, sexy man comes home, alone and starts to undress...

Dave says:

Written and directed by Robert Hawk who consulted on the acclaimed documentary The Celluloid Closet, together with the features Gay Sex in the 70s and most recently the Travis Mathews' works I Want Your Love and Interior. Leather Bar, this seemingly voyeuristic piece, as based on a tweet, tells the tale of a young man who returns home following a workout at his local gym. Back in his studio styled apartment, he then proceeds to struggle with removing his clothes, before sitting naked on his sofa with a tear in his eye. And that's it folks. Or is it?

For other than the full frontal male nudity to be seen and see it, you certainly do, just what exactly is going on here? Well, to my mind, this short speaks not so much of the tears of a clown; rather that of the tears of a gym bunny. In short and whilst the camera does indeed linger on star of the show Jake Robbins' ever so toned body, it's the inner soul that's truly exposed; that of a character whose body beautiful is but a mask for a life filled with sadness and if anything, loneliness. In short, this is a work that dares to question the pursuit for physical perfection, over that of simply enjoying life itself - whatever your shape or form be. And that's a serious point to make.

Erotically shot without being pornographic, fans of the work of rising star Jake Robbins should check out his earlier appearances in the Dominic Haxton short films Teens Like Phil, Tonight It's Me and if you're reading these words in a year's time, that of its decidedly darker sequel Today It's You. Say no more.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - the full monty. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

nudity guide: full frontal nudity from star of the show, Jake Robbins.

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