August (2011)

ELDAR RAPAPORT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.

USA, 2011.  Story by Eldar Rapaport, , Screenplay by Eldar Rapaport.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.

 has moved back to Los Angeles from Barcelona and immediately looks up his ex-boyfriend () with whom he lived in Spain.  The ex has a new guy now, but that does not stop our protagonist from putting his best effort into getting him back, at the same time taking home random one-night stands that only serve to emphasize his need to rekindle the deeper connection he used to have with a partner.

Who Bartlett was before and what their relationship meant to either of them is never explained, instead we’re given lengthy, sun-dappled shots of gorgeous bodies that never make up for the lack of chemistry between actors or the absence of mystery in the story. It’s a lot of sitting around without anything to do, made more confusing by a non-linear story structure that gives nothing to the plotting that it wouldn’t have when told in a straight line.

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