a short film by Magnus Mork.
2013 | 11 mins | UK - Norway.
starring: Zaman Ahmadi, Akram Akbari, Matthew Ashford, Emily Barber, Charlotte Brimble, Mathew David, Barry Francis, Cherie Harewood, Kiel Lillie, Neal McWilliams, David Ian Sterl, Kieran Thomas, Sam Thorne and Gareth Wilson; all as their namesake.
Official Synopsis: "Norwegian filmmaker Magnus Mork paints a cinematic portrait of both gay and straight couples in this observation study that looks at the variety of customers that a late night burger bar attracts."
Filmed on location in a Cardiff burger bar, this, the fourth short film to be produced by the acclaimed IRIS Prize International Film Festival finds award-winning writer and director Magnus Mork, recipient of the 2010 Prize for his striking work The Samaritan, focus his camera on a busy night at a Welsh burger bar; a convenient stop-off point for the gay / straight, male / female, couples / singles, or just friends styled clientele who come through its doors.
The dynamics of human interaction, in Burger.
It's a simple idea, but it gives a fascinating glimpse at the sexual diversity of life, as the film eavesdrops on individual conversations, crosscutting from a group of three men, one of whom is clearly gay, to two girls in the middle of relationship issues, only for one of them to be subject to a bit of drunken flirtation by the leader of a trio of new arrivals, even if his chat-up lines are well past their sell-by date. Add in a group of worse for wear Irishmen and this well-executed work literally jumps off the screen, placing you right in the middle of this diverse group of people.
True, the language is crude at times, but the acting is spot-on, being realistically delivered to the point that you feel that a fight could break out at any given moment, as our gay boy gets told "what's you're looking at?" by a loudmouth keen to play the macho card in front of his mates, only for his girl to show the world thereafter who's the real boss in their relationship. In short, this fly-on-the-wall fashioned piece is but a showcase for the dynamics of human interaction and its wonderfully played by one and all.
Gay Visibility - overt.
Nudity - none.
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars.