›› A Normal Guy - Un Baiat Normal ‹‹

a short film by George Dogaru.

2019 | 14 mins | Romania.

one man's incessant search for a body beautiful for the night.

Dave says:

From writer and director George Dogaru comes this poignant short film on the dividing line between sex and the search for love.

For you've been there before; at your local gay club, scanning the crowd to see who could be your Mr Right for the night, or perhaps more. And then you see someone, that being all-round cutie Vlad (Pedro Aurelian); namely a man who ticks all of your 'let's get it on' boxes and before you know it, you make your move. But is it to be a move that gay boy Daniel (Vlad Bîrzanu) will live to regret, when he comes to realize that the object of his desire is more interested in a bed for the night, than the man sharing it with him.

As the first Romanian short film I've reviewed, this work frankly has a lot going for it, not least of which is its remarkably honest approach to the gay scene and of a man forever turning away potential boyfriends, if not love itself, in his incessant search for a body beautiful for the night. Yet this is also a work whose narrative presents Daniel with a series of obstacles that repeatedly prevent him from getting the sexual high he so desires. Not least of which is that Vlad is totally wasted; strung out on drink 'n' drugs, incapable of sex, let alone love.

Only and in many ways, Daniel is at times far from a likeable character, throwing out the girl (Ilona Brezoianu) he shares a flat with on a bitter cold night, just so he can have the place to himself; whereas in reality all he needed was a bedroom. And whilst Daniel is the central character of the piece, the star of the show is Alex Bogdan who here excels as his cousin Sandel; namely a man whose conversation is full of the bigoted language and homophobic banter that whilst alarming, aptly reflects the conservative views of this part of the world, and yet and in a narrative twist, reveals himself to be more than at ease in a gay man's company, come close-of-play.

Set in Bucharest and the developing gay scene therein, the result is a work that transcends its country of origin, given this scenario could easily apply to anyone lusting after a Mr Right, only to find him your Mr Wrong, with Daniel here having ignored his cousin's advice of just going after - a normal guy. Say no more.

›› available as part of the Peccadillo Pictures shorts compilation BOYS ON FILM #21 - Beautiful Secret.
›› posted: Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - the erect monty. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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