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a film by Reid Waterer.

2014 | 25 mins | US.

a lush holiday styled ode to romance.

Dave says:

Having shown us gay life the Indian way in his wondrous short film You Can't Curry Love, here noted indie writer and director Reid Waterer opts to show us gay life the Greek way, in this lush holiday styled ode to romance.

It tells the story of openly gay Tom (Kevin Grant Spencer); namely a hunk of a man who would like nothing better than to see the world with the love of his life by his side, only to instead find himself single again. Still longing for love, let alone some sun, sea and well you know the rest, Tom opts to take a tour of the Mediterranean, only to find himself having to share a room for the balance of his holiday. Not that he objects when it turns out that his room-mate is a hot Athens boy by the name of Nikos: aka Anthem Moss of Performance Anxiety credit, who likewise has recently become a member of the singles club. As seemingly everyone around him, including the group's cute tour guide Armando (Orel de la Mota) start to strip down to their ever tight fitting Speedos, Tom is faced with the age-old conundrum: is the man he fancies gay OR just being friendly?

In short, this is but a comical play on the classic is he or isn't he gay? scenario, as Tom complete with a gaydar in dire need of repair, is seemingly unable to tell on which side of the Kinsey scale of sexuality Nikos lies. Not that it helps matters when Nikos speaks of going out with his ex-wife's uncle for a couple of drinks. Wrestling with his attraction to this Greek man of mystery, a touching bromance develops between the two, as they come to increasingly confide in each other as the tour takes in the scenic delights of Greece and Croatia. That their holiday guide equally has the hots for Tom is a nicely played, if perhaps not that surprising subplot, that alongside the sexually frank dialogue courtesy of screen lovers Sam (Danny Lopes, again of Performance Anxiety fame) and Rick; aka Adam Huss of The Brothers Sinclair credit, namely the promo short that sadly never become a feature, nicely jolts the escapist narrative back to the reality of the situation.

Laced with more picture postcard views of the sun-kissed Mediterranean shores than what you can shake a tourist brochure at, together with an oggle-fest of hunks in trunks and at times out of them, the result is a short film that and whilst decidedly lightweight in parts, nonetheless and like a thirst-quenching G&T on a hot summer day, is guaranteed to go down well, with the Spencer / Moss pairing playing the whole scenario for all its worth, even if at times a bit more fake tan was needed. As for Nikos' true sexual orientation, well that would be saying, but say it this work does in a most revealing close-of-play. Yet another winner from Waterer, goes without saying.

›› available online as part of the Reid Waterer 'GLOBAL WARMING' shorts collection.
›› revised: Friday, 15th July, 2022.

Gay Visibility - overt | Nudity - the brief monty | Overall - file under ... 3+ stars

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