Boys On Film 7: Bad Romance
United States of America (US), Canada (CA), Germany (DE), Israel (IL), 2011, 165 minutes, SD
Boys On Film 7: Bad Romance Synopsis

Cappucino – Dir. Tamer Ruggli (Switzerland) 16mins: Jérémie is a shy teenager who keeps a heavy secret: his homosexuality. While trying to find his way between hunky classmate Damien and protective mother Gina, Jérémie’s life is about to change.


Curious Thing – Dir. Alain Hain (USA) 10mins: Jared is closeted. Sam is straight. They find a connection in each other that neither man has had before, but where do they go from there?


Just Friends – Dir. Kim Jho Kwang-soo (South Korea) 29mins: Expecting a cozy night outside of the barracks, Seok visits his boyfriend Min-soo who is serving in the military. However when Min-soo’s mother questions their relationship, the only answer they can give is that they are ‘just friends’.


Cake and Sand - Dir. Christoph Scheerman (Germany) 15mins: Tim and Julian are deeply in love, but can’t find happiness between the sheets. When you can’t sexually satisfy the person you love, is this enough of a reason to quit a relationship?


Watch Over Me – Dir. Mysh Rozanov (Israel) 14mins: On completing his training in a secret elite army unit, Eitan is taken out by mates from the unit to celebrate. During a night of drinking in Tel Aviv he learns things about the unit and about himself that shake his world to its core.


The New Tenants - Dir. Joachim Back (USA) 20mins: A prying neighbour, a glassy-eyed drug dealer, and a husband brandishing both a weapon and a vendetta make up this motley crew of bizarre characters in this Oscar-winning short film.


Mirrors - Dir. Etienne Desrosiers (Canada) 14mins: Julien is a young man trying to make sense of his sexual orientation. One summer by the lake, he watches his family, friends and neighbours lose themselves in a series of heated rendezvous. Starring Xavier Dolan (‘I Killed My Mother’, ‘Heartbeats’)


The Traitor – Dir. Tomer Velkoff (Israel) 13mins: Tomer and Shmulik are a couple. One evening, during a causal supper, one of them announces he wants to break up. Pain takes over their intimacy and the night takes an unexpected turn.


Communication – Dir. Christopher Banks (New Zealand) 19mins Young Jacob is alone and adrift, struggling with a religion that doesn’t accept him, a sexual awakening that disturbs him, and haunted by memories of time spent with a teacher – Andrew – a much older man that may have held the key to his happiness.


The Strange Ones – Dir. Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein (USA) 14mins: A man and a boy, travelling to an unknown destination, find respite in a motel swimming pool. On the surface all seems normal, but nothing is what it seems to be.

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Reviewed by sharonmae
Viewer-worthy collection of gay short films! Personally loved "Cappucino" by Tamir Ruggli. As a  coffeeholic this strikes a chord and yes, "who doesn't love cappucino!" ( wink! ) This  endearing... more
Viewer-worthy collection of gay short films! Personally loved "Cappucino" by Tamir Ruggli. As a  coffeeholic this strikes a chord and yes, "who doesn't love cappucino!" ( wink! ) This  endearing story of a young man who fancy another guy classmate is sweet in its own, an exploration of  a person's first love and unfortunately, first heartache.  Commendable acting by the lead actor who oozes with innocence yet with suppressed feelings of angst and rebellion  towards his mother. The other short films are worth checking out.  Do check out this collection, folks!  
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  • intense, engaging and highly passionate!

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