An unhappy lion mascot, a straight talking chick fed up with sexual double standards, a hypochondriac 18 year old gay guy who just got into med school: all these colorful characters collide... See full summary »
Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron
Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron
High school senior Ben secretly lusts after bad boy classmate Johnny. After Ben gives Johnny a ride home one night, the boys end up in Johnny's swimming pool and have an encounter that breaks the rules and blows Ben's mind.
Inspired by the alarming increase in real-life tragedies involving high school bullying and suicide, Teens Like Phil tells the story of a gay teen, Phil, and his former friend, Adam, who brutally bullies him.
The arrival of a new student in school changes Leonardo's life. This 15 year-old blind teenager has to deal with the jealousy of his friend Giovana while figuring out the new feelings he's having towards his new friend, Gabriel.
I know for a fact that a great number of viewers will think this short film was something truly original. In cinematic ways, I agree with them. I haven't seen anything like it. But in terms artistic forms, I can't say the same because that story was told before many years ago. In 1955, Charles Beaumont wrote a short story named "The Crooked Man" which deals with similar themes of a society whose norm is homosexuality while heterosexuals are persecuted and considered individuals against the law. This groundbreaking tale was published by Playboy magazine, the only place that understood its concept and accepted it as a work, irony of ironies. But it stood the test of time as one outstanding and memorable dystopian work whose "what if..." kind of idea generated a debate faced by a minority that back then in the 1950's wasn't considered as anything good.
Sal Bardo's short film "Pink Moon" follows that path followed by Beaumont, expands a little and creates something great. Here, heterosexuals are persecuted as well, being gay is the rule and abortions are forbidden by law. Our hero is Ben (Brandon Tyler Harris), a guy completely in love with a girl (Cole Johnston), though by the circumstances of life he already has a boyfriend (Adam Jepsen), someone who wants to go a little further in their sexual relationship. But we all know Ben is just following his nature, so the boyfriend gets nothing besides the basic stuff. But the bad things are coming to Ben and his girlfriend way.
"Pink Moon" is more than just food for thought, it's a whole banquet of ideas and concepts that makes open your mind to a whole world of possibilities. It makes you think about past, present and future: what do we know, what do we think, what we can proof about the quest mankind faces at each certain time. Could life be possible if the ideas presented here were a rule and not an exception? The world would be a better place with that kind of politics? I personally think that all good things would come with such way, with some minor changes. It is possible. Of course, the film didn't get much into the dystopic/sci-fi/political events but if you force some thought into it, it can actually be possible.
For those who think this is a platform designed to prove that straight people feel prejudice and feel the need of being targeted, this is not the case. What the film does is to present a thoughtful example that mirrors exactly what happens when someone is gay. A brief moment of the film that widens such perspective and outside of the main characters is a news report of two straight youth who killed themselves after openly coming out as straight individuals and were constantly bullied for that. For a moment, you feel almost as if laughing at the absurdity of such claim. Stop and think again, reflect to our current days and see how it all stops being funny when you reverse the situation faced by many gay men and women out there, still hiding themselves from others due to what other people will think.
I tremendously enjoyed this film in all of its ways. The acting was superb by all the young actors and the script created unimaginable scenarios that left me thinking for a long time, trying to truly understand the world created there - but I wished more evident sequences of the gay world was a dominant one with couples on the street, news, films and other medias portraying homosexuality as a persistent way of life (though we have a tender scene involving the girl's mom talking about the girl being curious in knowing who was her real mother since she had two moms). Bardo's film was very good and Beaumont's story also goes same way - don't get confused by my mixture of references, this isn't an adaptation, but in this dystopia kind of material I think the only way I can get some true satisfaction is seeing that kind of work as a feature film or a miniseries, and one that a great number of people will watch. Reversing the "shape and way of people's world" isn't something audiences watch (e.g. "White Men's Burden", that forgotten gem with Travolta and Belafonte where blacks are rich and whites are confined to poor neighborhoods. Who watched that movie?) but it's always worth doing. Whatever the case, I'd still want to see a dystopian-like film with such idea. The debate concerning society, sexuality and life would be amazing and that kind of film could open some people's minds. I believe in that. "Pink Moon" got very close to that. 9/10
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