›› The Pier Man - L'homme Jetée ‹‹

a short film by Loïc Hobi.

2019 | 21 mins | Switzerland - France.

a striking portrait of the longing to escape a soul-destroying life.

Dave says:

Written and directed by Loïc Hobi, this bittersweet tale of despondency focuses on the life of a lonely young man who yearns to leave the remote coastal region, where he lives and works.

For lonesome docker Théo (Hubert Girard) is that man, forever pining for adventure on the high seas, having found himself trapped in the repetitive nature of his humdrum existence. That is, until a broken turbine forces a cargo ship to make an unscheduled mooring. Seizing the opportunity to try and become part of the crew, Théo is only too keen to engage in their initiation ritual of the bare-knuckle kind, having set his sights on joining sailor Giuseppe (Youssouf Abi-Ayad) aboard the ship. Only come sailing time, is Théo destined to be part of the crew, or just another of Giuseppe's ports of call?

In what is in many ways a two-man play, here we find Hobi deliver a work that achingly juxtaposes the mindset of two men; from one who's only too well aware of the prison like reality of a life spent seemingly always at sea, to that of a man all too naïve to the hard life that lies ahead of him, should a sailor, he become. Only here and if truth be told, Théo is not ready for a life on the ocean wave, being hardly at ease in his own skin.

Gritty, downbeat and with a narrative that keeps you guessing as to what's coming next, this striking portrait of the longing to escape a soul-destroying life has a lot going for it, being well-played throughout, even if it's all but obvious that Théo is more in love with the idea of leaving hand-in-hand with the man he's clearly fallen for; rather than the actual rigours of the job itself. Say no more.

›› available as part of the Peccadillo Pictures shorts compilation BOYS ON FILM #21 - Beautiful Secret.
›› posted: Wednesday, 22nd December, 2021.

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

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