Thursday, March 29, 2012


Last night I went to my first ever screening at the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and watched a movie called Ausente (Absent).

It tells a story of Martin, a 16-year-old high school student, develops a crush on Sebastian, his much older swimming instructor; and after manipulating his way into spending the night at the coach's apartment, it becomes clear that Martin's infatuation is more than just a schoolboy crush. As Sebastian attempts to diffuse the situation, an unexpected tragedy occurs, forcing him to reconsider events and process his feelings toward his wayward student.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. It's not your usual story of closet case or jolly gay. It's powerful yet subtle, dark yet beautiful. Well worth seeing if you have the chance.

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