›› Two Fish ‹‹

a short film by Antoine Dupont-Guerra.

2017 | 11 mins | US.

a joyous ode to coming to terms with your sexuality - gradually.

Dave says:

Poignantly shining the spotlight on the time it takes some gay men, but obviously not all, to come to terms with their sexuality, this joyous ode to coming out - gradually, from writer and director Antoine Dupont-Guerra focuses on the life of Max (Aurelio De Anda); a youth only too happy to have the entire campus facilities at his disposal during the summer break, only to have his time alone doing laps in the deserted swimming pool interrupted when his best friend Taylor (Jeremy Howard) returns earlier than expected from a tour of Europe. Bonding like old times, but now somehow with more than the odd casual glance or two shared between them, it's the action that takes place out of the pool that counts, where over some music and some weed the two young men come to realize that they have more in common with each other, than what at first appeared.

Okay, let's cut to the chase, in that and whilst this somewhat simple scenario is far from new, frankly the central message of sexual acceptance is ever worth repeating. To that end, there's no denying that Dupont-Guerra has gone out of his way to juxtapose the sexual confidence of Taylor, with the burgeoning sexuality of his best friend. To that end, De Anda beautifully conveys the emotions of a young man who takes to his first same-sex encounter like a fish to water, only to need a bit more time to get used to living in rainbow coloured waters. Such is life; indeed.

›› available as part of THE AMERICAN BOYS shorts compilation.
›› posted: Wednesday, 13th January, 2021.

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

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