"Those People" - 2015 - Joey Kuhn
While I was watching this film, I thought of two things -
It hurts, HURTS - to be in love.
Like watching a car crash, you can't look at it and you can't look away.
This gay film is so emotionally complex that it does actually hurt - a lot.
Charlie and Sebastian are rich, young and gay.
As friends, they have been together for fifteen years.
They are practically attached at the hip.
But, while their relationship does sometimes border on the sexual, they have never been to bed with each other.
Charlie (Jonathan Gordon) and Sebastian (Jason Ralph) are, in fact, "opposites", but that difference would seem to be the nature of their "attraction".
The worm in the apple?
Enter Tim, a struggling musician, and older than Charlie, who falls in love with Charlie, even gets to seduce him and wants to take him to San Francisco.
This piece of news doesn't go down well with Sebastian, whose father, a Bernie Madoff type, has just committed suicide in prison.
Sebastian almost kills himself in suicidal despair - is it the loss of Charlie, the loss of his father or both?
So, what does Charlie do?
Well, you may not agree.
But he gives up Tim and stays with Sebastian.
Will Charlie and Sebastian get "closer"?
Or are they "close enough"?
This gay film is such an intriguing exploration of the nature of love - what it means and what it can mean.
Jonathan Gordon (Charlie), Jason Frank (Sebastian) and Haaz Sleiman (Tim) are gorgeous men who are absolute perfection in this film.
This film will haunt you for a long time.
Because it involves a choice that is "controversial" to say the least.