An unnamed, sexy man comes home, alone and starts to undress...
Written and directed by Robert Hawk who consulted on the acclaimed documentary The Celluloid Closet, this seemingly voyeuristic piece, as based on a tweet, tells the story of a young man who returns home following a workout at his local gym. Back in his studio styled apartment, he then proceeds to struggle with removing his clothes, before sitting naked on his sofa with a tear in his eye. And that's it folks. Or is it?
For other than the full frontal male nudity to be seen and see it, you certainly do, just what exactly is going on here? Well, to my mind, this short speaks not so much of the tears of a clown; rather that of the tears of a gym bunny. In short and whilst the camera does indeed linger on star of the show Jake Robbins' ever so toned body, it's the inner soul that's truly exposed; that of a character whose body beautiful is but a mask for a life filled with sadness and if anything, loneliness.
Erotically shot without being pornographic, above all this is a work that dares to question the pursuit for physical perfection, over that of simply enjoying life itself - whatever your shape or form be. And that's a serious point to make. Fans of the work of rising star Jake Robbins should however check out the short films Tonight It's Me and its decidedly darker sequel Tonight It's You to see the man in his true acting glory. Say no more.