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›› An Afternoon - En Eftermiddag ‹‹

a short film by Søren Green.

2014 | 8 mins | Denmark.

a tender tale of first love.

starring: Ulrik Windfeldt-Schmidt as Mathias and Jacob August Ottensten as Frederik.

Official Synopsis:

Today is the day! Mathias is in love with Frederik and now he's going to tell him just that. But when the moment of truth arrives, is he brave enough to make the first move?

Dave says:

This tender tale of first love is sadly all but over before you know it, but in its all too brief time frame director Søren Green vividly captures the inner yearnings of Mathias; a gay teen who clearly is in love with his best friend Frederik, only for Frederik's incessant texting with Cecilie to cut short his confidence in saying it like it is. Or does it?

In short, this is a work whose beauty lies in its simplicity, given there's no doubt in which direction Mathias' heart lies. Yet his is a heart filled with trepidation, knowing that to say how he truly feels lets risk the very friendship that he values, so he tries to read the signals from Frederik to determine if he should risk it, or hold back his declaration of love for another day. And it's those nervous, almost self-doubt moments that precede the words "I love you" that are achingly plain to see here, in a work enhanced by the lush natural performances from both players and in particular by Ulrik Windfeldt-Schmidt whose eye movements wonderfully convey his inner longing.

Beautifully played from start to finish, frankly this is a short film that you really do not want to end. But in ending, Green plays his trump card and an all out winning hand courtesy of the short's twist-in-its-tale styled close-of-play. Delightful.


Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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