›› Guardian ‹‹

a short film by Nicolas Jara.

2018 | 15 mins | US.

a deeply touching portrait of a mother's unconditional love.

Dave says:

There's something remarkably moving about this short film from co-writer and director Nicolas Jara. Then again, perhaps that's of no surprise given it tells the emotional story of a compassionate young mother who senses the true sexuality of her son from an early age, only to realize that she won't be able to offer him the outstretched hand of love and support, when he needs it the most. Recording her thoughts Terminator style in a series of videotaped messages for her son to play upon his eighteenth birthday, such words come to mean so much more when the now mature Manuel (Carlos Flores Jr.) is caught with his boyfriend by his homophobic father; namely a man who has his own ideas on what it means to be a man. Seemingly with no-one to turn to and contemplating suicide by way of an escape from facing up to the reality of his sexual self; suffice to say that a guardian angel comes calling.

And no surprise for guessing that the guardian angel in question just happens to come in the form of Virginia Blanco as Anna; his mother, who here excels in a role that sees her express her innermost thoughts for her son direct-to-camera, whilst equally being all too frustrated knowing that she will not be there to say what she feels, in person. Frankly, Blanco steals the show, even if Flores Jr. gives a fine cinematic turn as a young man caught in the repercussions of coming out, well before he had planned on doing so.

Mixing the narrative with both English and Spanish tongues and intercutting past and present time frames along the way, this is but a deeply touching portrait of a mother's unconditional love for her son from beyond the grave (surely you've already guessed that) and frankly, it's beautifully played throughout. Need more be said?

›› available as part of THE MALE GAZE: THE BOY IS MINE shorts compilation.
›› posted: Thursday, 7th January, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - from the waist up. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

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