›› Dániel ‹‹

a short film by Dean Loxton.

2015 | 14 mins | UK.

a telling variant on male prostitution.

Dave says:

Like many a short film I could name, this sensual work from writer and director Dean Loxton showcases a story that all but yearns for the next chapter to be told.

It tells the story of Hungarian student Dániel (Csémy Balázs); a likeable young man who pays for his education by working part-time as an escort in London. Invited to a dinner party by his best friend Nori (Hilda Péter); she surprises Dániel and for that matter everyone present, by arriving with her newfound boyfriend Tom (Henry Garrett). Only have the two already met?

Intercut with flashbacks of Dániel's working life, here we find Loxton pay specific attention to Hungarian culture and in particular its food and drink. Yet at heart, this is the story of a young man who pays for his studies the only way he knows how to and to that end Balázs brings a beautifully natural take to his character. That the dialogue between Tom and Dániel is minimal to say the least is perhaps of no surprise, given this short ends at the point where you wonder in what direction the narrative could go, making for a telling variant on male prostitution and the hypocrisy of those who are all too keen to pay for sex, only to take a moralistic tone to those who service their carnal desires. Say no more.

›› available as part of the Peccadillo Pictures shorts compilation BOYS ON FILM #18 - Heros.
›› posted: Friday, 30th July, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - bare-arsed cheek. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 

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