›› Hotel Boy ‹‹

a short film by Michael Søndergaard.

2018 | 12 mins | Denmark.

the opposing views of two men on being open with their sexuality.

Dave says:

Playing on the theme and in many a case the reality of politicians who are only too happy to play away from home, this engaging short film from the pen of Tomas Lagermand Lundme tells the story of Samir (Youssef Wayne Hvidtfeldt); an openly gay youth in love with a man almost twice his age. Yet their nights of passion are forever held behind the closed doors of a hotel room, given the object of his desire is Stefan Schmidt (Claes Bang); a highly respected politician with a wife and five-year-old daughter and whose sheer popularity forms the cornerstone of the success of his party. No surprise then that Stefan is keen to keep their relationship a secret, unlike Samir who in telling his family that he's in love with an older man, has been left homeless. Unsure whether Stefan will provide shelter for him on a permanent basis, Samir arrives with a Plan B, knowing that outside the hotel lies a journalist waiting for the next big headline. Question is - what will it be?

Directed with loads of TLC by Michael Søndergaard, this well-played short poignantly shines the spotlight on the fear factor held by many a leading actor, sportsman and politician who are seemingly only too happy to remain in the closet, ever apprehensive that to say it like it is, would result with their career going into free fall.

The result is a work that pertinently juxtaposes the opposing views of two men on being open with their sexuality. Intercut with many a remark that is indicative of such and lit in shades of blue and purple that create a seductive atmosphere, this is one of those full circle works that gradually turns darker, as Stefan becomes aware of the full extent of Samir's longing for him and how this boy's not for turning.

›› available as part of the NEW QUEER VISIONS shorts compilation - THE DANISH BOYS.
›› posted: Saturday, 31st October, 2020.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - bare-arsed cheek. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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