›› Petit Ami ‹‹

a short film by Anthony Schatteman.

2017 | 15 mins | Belgium.

the story of a male escort opting for companionship, over sex.

Dave says:

From writer and director Anthony Schatteman comes the continuing or perhaps concluding episode in the life story of teenager Jasper, as previously seen in the beautifully crafted short films Kiss Me Softly and Follow Me. Yet here we find that the boy is now a young man, sexually knowledgable in the ways of the world and in more ways than you could imagine, being only too happy to turn tricks in the middle of the night. Or to be specific, at a seedy hotel called Petit Ami where the staff are well acquainted with what goes on behind closed doors. Turning up on Christmas Day, Jasper (Ezra Fieremans, as ever on fine form) finds himself servicing the rough sex needs of Vincent (Thomas Ryckewaert); a man much older than himself, but younger than the age of his usual clientele. Yet Vincent has a secret, having rented the room for three days, leaving Jasper curious to know why?

In many ways your heart kind of aches for Vincent, a man who at first appears alone in the world, spending the festive season in a hotel room paying for the services of a rent boy to keep him company. Only and as in real life, there's more to his story than an opening paragraph. It's a tale that Jasper gets to know, eavesdropping on a mobile conversation that reveals a side to the man hitherto untold. Only to get to know all, this hustler with seemingly little empathy for anyone, must stay with his client long after the act of sex has taken place, along the way drinking sparkling wine and sharing pizza together, when not swimming and kissing in the hotel pool.

In short, this is the story of a male escort opting for companionship, over sex. Beautifully staged, with particular attention paid to both the set design and lighting, above all this is the story of how two lost souls who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone, come to spend some quality time together. And whilst there's smiles to be had, ultimately this is a melancholic haunting work, highlighting the life of the real loner of the piece, that of a young man set to discover that friendship is the true gift of Christmas. Say no more.

›› available as part of THE MALE GAZE: THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT shorts compilation.
›› posted: Sunday, 11th October, 2020.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - from the waist up, plus. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

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