›› My Dad Works the Night Shift - Mon Père Travaille de Nuit ‹‹

a short film by Zachary Ayotte.

2018 | 14 mins | Canada.

a wonderfully refreshing take on the coming out scenario.

Dave says:

From writer and director Zachary Ayotte comes this captivating short film about a gay teenager determined to out himself; whatever the consequences be.

For fourteen-year-old Félix (Victor Boudreault) is that calculating and downright conniving youth, caught in a monotonous trap of boarding school life during the week and weekends spent with his conservative father (François Trudel) and his pious devotion to the Church. Enlisted to sing in the local choir, whether he wants to or not, Félix's sole means of escape is time spent at the local swimming pool, where he openly lusts after an older boy by the name of Vincent (Antoine L'Écuyer). Not that this is a one-way conversation, as Vincent is more than happy to play along, to the point of spending the night with Félix when his father's out working the night shift. Only in a game of sexual cat and mouse, just who's been caught in the trap?

Beautifully executed throughout, here Ayotte weaves an erotic, if at times somewhat surreal mix of fact and fantasy that highlights a young man's desire to out himself to his father, by literally getting caught in the act. Not that this boy hasn't already hinted at the homosexual facts of the matter, leaving so many clues around the house that his sexual orientation is all but obvious. Yet with a father who clearly would prefer not to deal with the reality of his son's sexuality, Félix seemingly has no other option but to raise the stakes, knowing full well the explosive ramifications it will have.

In short and in a work that's full of positives, together with a few surprises along the way, Boudreault excels in the role of the rebellious teen at the heart of the story and yet as good as he is, it's the narrative that steals the show, by breathing fresh life into the often stale coming out scenario, by wonderfully showcasing a manipulative puppet master at work, knowingly pulling the strings of those around him to his desired effect. A pure delight.

›› available as part of the Peccadillo Pictures shorts compilation BOYS ON FILM #21 - Beautiful Secret.
›› posted: Saturday, 20th November, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - from the waist up. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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