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a short film by Niels Bourgonje.

2017 | 9 mins | Netherlands.

a wonderfully tender take of to thy ownself, being true.

Dave says:

From director Niels Bourgonje of Buddy fame comes this wonderfully tender take of to thy ownself, being true.

For this is the coming-of-age story of closeted gay teenager Bram (Valentijn Avé); a popular young man who when invited to a friend's house party finds himself doing what he always does, namely blending in with the hetero scenery, casting his eyes on the hottest girl on the dance floor, only for them to stray in the direction of the cute guy dancing next to her. Introducing himself to 'from Amsterdam with love' Florian (Tonko Bossen), the two teens instantly connect by way of a series of telling looks and some not so subtle glances, only for Bram to realize that officially - he's straight. Not out to anyone, could a game of 'spin the bottle' provide the perfect opportunity for him to kiss the object of his affection and finally show the world and Florian in particular, his true sexual self?

Vividly contrasting the vibrant beat of a party in full swing with the relative tranquillity found in the open air, here we find Bourgonje delight in teasing his audience, given this is but a cinematic build up to 'the kiss' scene between the two young men and thankfully the narrative does not disappoint. For here and like Bram, you're all but willing the bottle to point in the direction of Florian. Yet what makes this short film so charming are the beautifully natural performances from the Avé / Bossen boys, with a series of telling eye movements between them achingly showcasing their inner yearnings, with the closing line from Bram simply - priceless. A pure delight.

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›› posted: Friday, 10th September, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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