20min | Short, Romance | 8 March 2015 (Mexico)
Carlos sweeps and mops the floor of an old-time barbershop. The day before Independence Day, among the customers is Julio. Their eyes meet, and when the barbershop closes Julio comes back for Carlos. They spend the night together, eating, chatting and even dancing, knowing full well that this encounter will be brief and short-lived.
Beautifully romantic, this seductively sweet short from writer and director Roberto Fiesco cannot help but leave you with a big smile on your face. And it all revolves around Carlos; a young man who sweeps the floor in his Godfather’s barbershop, that is until a soldier soon to leave for active service returns after closing hours for a shave – and perhaps something more.
In short, this in the main two-man play is but a wondrously uplifting take on one’s first love, one that here is played “strangers passing in the night ” fashion. But oh – what a night, as the two young men eat, chat and dance the night away. Indeed its’ that joyous dancing sequence of the story, one surprisingly seldom seen in gay cinema outside the nightclub beat, that gives this work its lush feel, backed it has to be said by a series of neat narrative twists from Fiesco, who wisely has purposely kept the “gay kiss” for the emotional final farewell.
Enhanced by the achingly natural turns from stars of the show Benny Emmanuel and Axel Arenas, who between them wonderfully convey by looks alone the close bond that quickly forms between them, this is simply – a pure delight. Need more be said?
Director: Roberto Fiesco
Writer: Roberto Fiesco
Stars: Benny Emmanuel, Axel Arenas, Alfonso Bravo