a short film by Tamer Ruggli
2010 | 16 mins | Switzerland
›› Cappuccino
the raw reality of a gay teenager's first crush.
Cappuccino by Tamer Ruggli Sweet, if somewhat cynical, this charming coming-of-age work charts the adolescent yearnings of Jérémie; a shy gay teen fixated on the good looks of his straight classmate Damien, but realistic enough to know that any chance of getting up close and personal with the man himself, is but the subject of sexual fantasy. Only when the opportunity presents itself for Jérémie to date Damien, dinner style, is this little devil prepared for a bittersweet course on life and love?

Well-executed throughout, with specific attention lovingly paid to the light and shade of the piece, here we find writer and director Tamer Ruggli weaving a tale that whilst walking more than familiar cinematic ground, nevertheless wonderfully depicts the raw reality of a gay teenager's first crush.

To that end, Benjamin Décosterd offers an achingly natural turn as Jérémie, with Ruggli perfectly capturing the thoughts and ways of a youth busy preparing to go out with the object of his adoration. That both mother and son are searching for the one and in whose arms they come to find mutual support, adds an additional layer to a simple story, beautifully told, even if Manuela Biedermann as Jérémie's protective, if generous mother Gina would come to find her "girls night out" scenes heavily edited, as Ruggli opts to focus instead on the emotional heart of her son, just as this short equally charts the mindset of a young man clearly destined to hustle his way through life.

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

›› Available to buy from Amazon.co.uk.
available on DVD as part of the Peccadillo Pictures catalogue - 'Boys on Film 7: Bad Romance' release: 26.September.2011
screened as part of the 25th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2011: Expectations programme
short listed as part of the 5th edition of the IRIS Prize International Film Festival 2011
starring: Benjamin Décosterd / Jérémie, Manuela Biedermann / Gina
and Anton Ciurlia as Damien.
dedicated to Tamer Ruggli's mother.
official website: cappuccinofilm.blogspot.com
Copyright 2011 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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