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a short film by Brendon McDonall.

2016 | 22 mins | UK.

a spoiler styled portrait of falling in love again.

Official Synopsis:

Leon's loved and lost. Scarred by his experiences, his life takes a turn for the better when he meets the ideal man. Life seems full of possibility again, but what if he knew the ending before it even began?

Dave says:

Written and directed by Brendon McDonall, this beautifully framed short poignantly charts the moment when a mix-up over identical luggage on a plane about to land in Cardiff makes two men realize that they have more in common with each other, than they could ever have imagined.

Yet to say more would be a spoiler. An ironic situation given this short is crammed full of spoilers on what direction the relationship between these two strangers on a flight, could take. And whilst the spoiler alerts are somewhat surreal to say the least, you cannot say that they do not add a certain comical touch to this spoiler styled portrait of falling in love again.

To that end, both James Peake as Leon and Tom Mumford as Felix play their roles achingly real, wonderfully capturing the moment when you begin to think that a chance encounter with a stranger could be the start of something special. Yet they both suffer from relationship blues and having had their hearts broken, are more than apprehensive when it comes getting to know each other.

Shot with the breathtaking beauty of the Vale of Glamorgan and Monmouth, Wales as a lush backdrop, this short film has a lot going for it. Indeed, it's a short that I wanted to see more of, even if personally I would have preferred the spoiler alerts to have been delivered more by way of the actors turning to camera to utter their innermost thoughts and fears, thereby making this a more dramatic exploration of their burgeoning friendship. Yet the whole piece is directed with such an engaging style that it cannot help but bring a smile to your face and in doing so, remind you that whilst the act of falling in love is far from risk free, it's nonetheless a risk worth taking. Enough said.

›› available as part of the BOYS ON FILM #17 shorts compilation - Love Is The Drug.
›› posted: Saturday, 4th July 2020.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

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