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a short film by Laurent Lunetta.

2018 | 22 mins | France.

a dark menacing work on the danger of taking the law into your own hands.

Dave says:

This intense short film for director Laurent Lunetta tells the story of the bond between tennagers Loris (Simon Boutin) and Thomas (Matthieu Lucci), best friends both on and off the football field who rejoice in their team having made it through to the national final. Yet behind scenes of celebration Loris is a troubled soul, with a pent-up anger ready to erupt at any given moment. Grounded by his coach (Samuel Theis) for beating a fellow student, he seeks revenge by stealing the coach's mobile phone, only for the two to discover voyeuristic images on it taken of the youth team in the locker room showers and more disturbingly, a series of photos of Loris himself, naked after the game. Faced with the choice of taking what they have found to the police, they opt instead to break into the coach's home and trash the place, that is when not stealing his prized possessions to sell online. As Thomas exits stage left with the loot, Loris is left in the house all alone. Or so he thinks, as events are soon to spiral completely out of control.

Well-played throughout, this is one of those short films that packs quite a cinematic punch as the two teenagers take their vengeance out on a man who may or may not be guilty of all charges. Frankly, we don't get to know and that's the problem with this work, given the scenes of retribution are so OTT, than an explanation is called for. Yet no explanation is forthcoming, to the point that you're left to be the judge and jury yourself.

Still, there's no denying that this is one hell of a roller coaster ride; a dark menacing work that speaks of the consequences of one's actions and in particular the danger of taking the law into your own hands. Say no more.

›› available as part of THE MALE GAZE: STRIKERS & DEFENDERS shorts compilation.
›› posted: Friday, 21th August, 2020.

Gay Visibility - covert. 
Nudity - the full monty. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

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