"The Way He Looks" is a 2014 gay film from Brazil -
This film is an incredible achievement.
It's a light-hearted exploration of a taboo subject - the blossoming of male desire between two adolescents, one of whom is blind.
It could have been "heavy" and "woebegone", but it refuses to be negative in any way.
It simply traces - gradually, very gradually - how two young males could fall in love with each other.
When Gabriel first meets Leonardo, Leonardo is always in the company of Giovana, who is at his side constantly - throughout the school day and on the way home.
Without really meaning to intrude on that relationship, Gabriel becomes Leonardo's "eyes and ears" and even begins to drop him off at home.
This new relationship happens so naturally - that Leonardo and Gabriel don't even stop to think about it.
But Giovana is hurt by the friendship - and the fact that she is no longer important to Leonardo.
One night at a teen party, Gabriel gets drunk and kisses Leonardo, who suddenly realizes that their friendship has become so much more.
Gabriel now realizes that he loves Leonardo very much, but he isn't that willing to actually articulate it.
Leonardo confesses to Giovana that he does love Gabriel.
Later, at a school outing, in the shower, nude together, Gabriel is overcome with his sexual response to Leonardo.
Later, he comes clean with Leonardo and asks, "How do you take back a kiss that was stolen in the first place?"
Leonardo responds with a passionate kiss of his own.
At the end, when the boys are teased about their friendship by taunting classmates, Leonardo takes Gabriel's hand in his and both of them walk off together.
This film takes such a fresh approach to its' subject-matter - it makes you feel so good about Leonardo's and Gabriel's love for each other.
The film is written and directed with spontaneity and verve by Daniel Ribeiro.
It is also acted by Ghilherme Lobo (as Leonardo) and Fabio Audi (as Gabriel) as if homosexual desire were "the most natural thing in the world".
And it is, guys, it is!
JUST THE UNEXPECTED BEGINNING - OF SOMETHING SO RIGHT -
(By the way, this film won two prestigious film awards at The 64th Berlin International Film Festival.)