›› The Unsure Masseur ‹‹

a short film by Reid Waterer.

2021 | 15 mins | US.

a sensuous take on life and love.

Dave says:

From noted indie writer and director Reid Waterer of just too many wondrous gay short films to list credit, comes this feel good story about going for ones dreams and if anything, love itself.

For that's the dilemma that faces aspiring landscape gardener and all-round cutie Andy (Jae Kim); namely a man who has all of the knowledge and talent of his profession, but not the financial resources to start his own business. Needing some cash, real quick and having said no to earning money the go-go dancing way, a lifestyle that his best friend Ray (Jason Caceres) has taken to like a duck to water, Andy opts instead to become a qualified masseur. Unsure of the pros and cons however, Andy ventures to his nearest professional masseur in order to get some hands on experience literally. Yet upon meeting handsome Scott (Kevin Grant Spencer of Foreign Relations fame), Andy gets more than he bargained for, falling for the man himself, only to learn that Scott has a strict set of rules, top of which is never becoming involved with a client. Only is this a rule that's about to be broken?

Gloriously upbeat, yet equally poignant in parts, with the Kim / Spencer pairing wonderfully natural throughout, this is a work that finds Waterer intercut his ode to romance with many a pertinent comment, including words on the good, the bad and the downright ugly side of a business that some wrongly view as being akin to a profession as old as time itself. Yet laced between all of the tips of the trade, Waterer notably takes time to lay the narrative foundations of his short, here providing the life history to his lead characters, with Scott now seemingly all but resolved to being a fully paid up member of the singles club, by way of his last boyfriend aka Andrew Biernat as Jeff, unable to handle the possibility that his partner could be getting to know his clients - a bit too well.

Such is, I dare say and in many ways representative of numerous occupations in which the opportunity to play away from home presents itself almost on a daily basis and the ever recurring thought of "is he cheating on me?" to a partner's loving, if suspicious mind. Yet love is defined by trust, marriage vows that speak of "to love and to cherish" and therein lies the beauty of this work, for here Waterer just cannot help himself in going for an open-ended close-of-play, leaving the possibility of romance blowing in the wind, like the sweet scent of roses. Frankly, you want to see more, in this all too short sensuous take on life and love. Say no more.

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›› posted: Tuesday, 19th July, 2022.

Gay Visibility - overt | Nudity - from the waist up | Overall - file under ... 3+ stars

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