›› With Thelma - Avec Thelma ‹‹

a short film by Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni.

2017 | 14 mins | Belgium.

a delightful take on gay parenting.

Dave says:

From the writing / directorial partnership of Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni comes this delightful take on gay parenting.

Not that this short film begins that way, given partners Jean (Jean Le Peltier) and Vincent (Vincent Lécuyer) are more than happy to live a lifestyle in which the only sound of tiny feet belong to their pet cat. Yet when a sudden Icelandic volcanic eruption has all but grounded international flights, the pair become 'friends in need' if not temporary childminders to Thelma (Thelma Balboni); a delightful small girl - after all, just how difficult can it be to take care of a child?

And the answer to that question is all but obvious to those with children. For this is a work that strikingly juxtaposes the joys of raising a child, with the sheer anxieties of getting it right. And here cue playtime fun, to that of the seemingly endless nights of interrupted sleep, when the sound of a child crying is but an alarm call that something's wrong.

In short, this is but a vibrant exploration of parenting, as the Le Peltier and Lécuyer boys find their characters suddenly and with no prior experience, faced with the responsibilities of raising a child and all of the energy, devotion and sheer love that it takes. Intercut with many a telling scene, including how you have to keep your eyes on a child at all times, Balboni is wonderfully natural throughout; no doubt prompted behind the camera by her loving father Raphaël, being all smiles one moment, temper tantrums the next, to the point that prior to close-of-play and with Thelma's parents due back any day now, you cannot help but wonder just who's going to miss each other the most? And no prizes for guessing, here folks! A pure delight.

›› available as part of THE MALE GAZE: THREE'S COMPANY shorts compilation.
›› posted: Wednesday, 8th September, 2021.

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

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