›› Nineteen ‹‹

a short film by Madeline Kelly.

2015 | 10 mins | US.

an emotional work on the gift of love and life.

Dave says:

From writer and director Madeline Kelly comes this emotional work on the gift of love and life.

For it's that birthday time of year again and as Blake (James Peter Fraser) looks forward to celebrating his nineteenth year, his sister Sophie (Shannon Ashlyn) has a special present in store for him in the form of Henry (Benjamin Mathews); aka a male escort who she's hired to give her brother a night that he won't forget. Nervous at first, being clearly his first time sexually alone with a man, his luck is to find in Henry a hustler with a caring nature, being all too concerned for Blake's health and well-being. Only what Henry is about to discover, is the true reason behind such an open-minded gift.

Beautifully played out, with Fraser's sensitive portrayal of a young man's sexual naïvety wonderfully juxtaposed by Mathews' portrayal of a man well experienced in the sexual ups and downs of life, only to be taken aback by the situation he finds himself in, above all this is a story that speaks of compassion for your fellow man. To that end, the real star here is the narrative itself, one that achingly showcases a young man facing life the best he can and yet in doing so, knowing that he's not the invulnerable teenager he thought he was. That to say more would be a spoiler, is all but obvious, but the result is a work that's touching, tender and frankly, quite moving. Say no more.

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›› posted: Saturday, 2nd October, 2021.

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

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