Directed by: Yen Tan 2013 | 80 min.

Section: American Indies

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere


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Recovering from an ill-fated affair with a married man, Gabe finds solace in the relationship he maintains with his ex-wife and daughter. On the other side of town, Ernesto evades life at home with his current live-in ex-boyfriend by spending much of his spare time in the hospital with an ailing past love. Impervious to the monotony of their blue-collar world, they maintain an unwavering yearning for romance.

Far from the gay centers of the world, director Yen Tan explores the complex and oft-forgotten lives of gay men in small-town America. The understated, contemplative nature of Ernesto and Gabe’s story is told from the perspective of an observer, allowing us—even if just for a moment—to understand what it means to be an outsider. The emotional isolation the two men have grown accustomed to is captured in a subtle, optimistic, poetic fashion while avoiding melodrama. In a refreshingly quiet film, Tan’s protagonists never try to run away from their relatively hollow surroundings, but opt to fill life’s deepest voids with their tenacious confidence.

Synopsis written by: T.B., Sundance


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Cast & Crew

Director Yen Tan
Screenwriter Yen Tan, David Lowery
Producer Kelly Williams, Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston, Eric Steele
Executive Producer Bala Shagrithaya, Vilcek Foundation
Cast Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Alfredo Maduro, Corby Sullivan, Bailey Bass, Heather Kafka, Richard C. Jones, Jonny Mars, Yesenia Garcia
Cinematographer Hutch
Editor Don Swaynos
Music Director Curtis Glenn Heath
Sound Eric Friend

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