Lazy Eye (2016)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  

USA, 2016.  , , , .  Screenplay by Tim Kirkman.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Tim Kirkman, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

A graphic artist who designs posters for Hollywood movies reaches the limits of patience when a client orders that he redo a project.  Having just learned from his eye doctor that he needs that undeniable marker of middle age, progressive lenses, Dean heads out to his cottage in Joshua Tree after getting an email from old flame Alex, whom he hasn’t heard from since he broke his heart by disappearing fifteen years earlier.  Curious to see what will come of their reunion, Dean keeps his resentment to himself and invites Alex to his secluded paradise, and their interaction brings up a number of situations, erotic, dramatic and everything in between as they spend a few days catching up.  While missing the sexy tension of Weekendthis subtle and unassuming film has good acting, gorgeous scenery and enough smart content to overcome the moments that lack imagination (why does everyone have to mention that Harold and Maude is their favourite movie so that we’ll find them endearing?)  is particularly good as Dean, and his command of the character’s contradictions is enough to keep the whole thing rolling for ninety minutes.

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