›› A Young Man's Future ‹‹

a film by Edgar Michael Bravo.

2016 | 78 mins | US.

a remarkably honest picture of those affected by schizophrenia.

principal players: Jordan Becker / Jeremy, Taylor Clift / Scott, Derek S Orr / Bill; Scott's father, Jacob Fortner / Elliot,
Nancy Daly as Rachael; Jeremy's mother and Richard Roddy as Gavin; Jeremy's father.

Official Synopsis:

Two gay college students fall in love one year before graduation and have bright futures ahead, until one of them develops schizophrenia.

Dave says:

Whilst the overriding theme of this film is schizophrenia and those affected both directly and indirectly by it, this is also a work about the decisions we make in life and not just the ones that need to be taken to care for someone who mentally is no longer able to take care of their self, but equally the choices that the carer must ultimately make. To that end, real life ballroom dancer turned actor Jordan Becker wonderfully conveys the emotions of a man who finds himself torn between forever caring for the man he loves, or returning to carefree times with his still carrying a torch ex boyfriend Elliot and here cue college basketball player Jacob Fortner in the role. Only your heart cannot help but go out to Taylor Clift by way of his heartbreaking portrayal of Scott; a young man who once had a promising career in engineering ahead of him, only to succumb to the demons of the mind, hearing voices that wouldn't stop screaming at him.

Yet between scenes of emotional angst lies a touching love story and whilst I dare say that not everyone will be happy with the film's difficult-to-resolve conclusion, along the way however writer and director Edgar Michael Bravo has gone out of his way to make a film that is gloriously gay-to-the-core, with Jeremy seen getting down to some sensuous lip-service with both his current and ex boyfriends.

Based on a true story, there's no mistaking the serious side of the narrative, for it's here that Bravo pulls no punches, highlighting the fact that schizophrenia affects too many young men aged between 15 to 24, all of which makes for a remarkably honest and thought-provoking picture of an illness so rarely discussed.

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

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