›› Easy Money - Dinero fácil
a short film by Carlos Montero.
2010 | 15 mins | Spain.
starring: Mario Casas / Jaime, Ales Furundarena / Roberto and Christian Mulas as Jaime #2.
Official Synopsis: "When a handsome rent boy shows up at a mysterious client’s hotel room, the boy quickly learns that sex appears to be the last thing on his clients mind."
"Menacing to the core" were my opening words when I originally reviewed this short film in 2012 and now available on the DVD stage, courtesy of the good folk at Peccadillo Pictures, I'm delighted to pen an updated version, given this is a work that is all about story.
Namely a disconcerting take of life on the game, as a hustler is soon to learn that there's no such thing as easy money. Only cutie Jaime doesn't know that yet, having opted to let his body turn tricks for a quick Euro. Yet this is a rent boy still learning his trade, unlike his client Roberto; an experienced older man into acts of a decidedly dark nature, as Jaime is set to discover to his cost. In short, here we find director Carlos Montero weave a tale with many a narrative twist and turn, courtesy of two men with the same name, but with markedly different ways of making a living.
Backed by an atmospheric score and well played by its trio of actors, in particular by Spanish heartthrob Mario Casas who here digs deep to convey the terrified emotions of a call boy who frankly would have been better off staying at home, the result is a tense mini-thriller, one where to say more would be a spoiler. What I will add is that for those wanting to see more of the man himself, then Casas' "falling in love with his straight best friend" persona in Sex, Party and Lies / Mentiras Y Gordas is worth checking out, in a revealing kind of way.
Gay Visibility - overt.
Nudity - from the waist up.
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars.