Dorian Blues (2004)

TENNYSON BARDWELL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB

USA, 2004.  Day Dreamer Films, Supergirlreally….  Screenplay by Tennyson Bardwell.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Tennyson Bardwell, , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Dorian is a senior in high school who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay. His younger brother Nicky is the high school jock who is heading for a football scholarship and is perfect in every way, particularly where their overbearing, unkind father is concerned. Dorian flirts with trying to suppress his gayness by committing himself to Catholicism and the closet, but the experiment fails and, before he knows it, he’s enrolled at NYU and still feeling the pull of his father’s judgemental pronouncements even from far away. Eventually he must come to terms with the shortcomings of his relationship with his dad or else risk becoming like him, consumed by frustration and anger and never letting any love in to his life. Shot on a shoestring budget, Tennyson Bardwell’s charming feature is proof that you don’t need money to be appealing. The editing and sets at times reveal the film’s modest nature, but the excellent performances and the incredibly witty dialogue, which never gives up for a second, keep the whole thing in line and make for a very rare example of good indie gay filmmaking.

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