Lost Angel by Derek Villanueva ›› Lost Angel

a short film by Derek Villanueva.

2013 | 17 mins | US.

principal players: Timo Descamps as Mikael and Derek Villanueva as Carlitos.

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the work of actor, writer and director Derek Villanueva and the short film Lost Angel. For having recently reviewed the achingly bittersweet story of a love, forever lost, that is Sergio Tovar Velarde's Jet Lag, it seems only right to showcase the polar opposite of the romantic equation; namely a love, newly found and this tender tale certainly fits the cinematic remit.

For cue the life of Mikael; a Dutch tourist new to Los Angeles and a young man who having lost his wallet, accidentally broken his mobile and I won't even mention what happened to his luggage, chances upon his guardian angel is the form of Carlitos; a cutie who turns tricks to pay the rent. Taking pity on a lost soul alone in the City of Angels, he lets Mikael stay overnight at his place whilst he goes out to get laid / paid, a situation that finds Villanueva delight in a series of comical asides, as Mikael makes light of his troubles, that is until events take a turn for the brutally serious.

Opening and closing with a native language voiceover from Timo Descamps, this is, in essence, the story of two strangers who come to bond as one. Yet the set-up for such, you'll know it when you see it, frankly could have been better executed, with a visit to A&E thereafter having notably gone AWOL. That said, there's still a lot to like here, including the wonderfully natural performances from Descamps and Derek Villanueva, familiar faces to those who know their gay cinema, with Descamps having appeared in JT Tepnapa's Judas Kiss and most recently and again alongside Sean Paul Lockhart aka Brent Corrigan in the Jody Wheeler feature The Dark Place, whilst Villanueva showed more of his acting prowess, amongst other things, in the David Lewis "and then suddenly all my clothes fell off" film Longhorns.

Bottom line, this is one of those titles (along with a pile of others, you hear me add), that I've been meaning to review for awhile now and whilst the result is hardly earth-shattering, Villanueva's heart is clearly in the right place, having delivered the sweet story of boys in love, one that will certainly tick all the right boxes for those who like happy endings, let alone stories of how fate can at times play its romantic hand. As ever, see what you think.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - bare-arsed cheek. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 
Alone in the City of Angels, in Lost Angel. The sweet story of a love, newly found, in Lost Angel.
Alone in the City of Angels, in Lost Angel   The sweet story of a love, newly found, in Lost Angel.

contains: brief male rear nudity from co-lead Derek Villanueva.

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