Rivers Wash Over Me (2009)
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Though most of the most performances in the ensemble weren't bad, everything was just a bit too cliched, too well-worn, too derivative, too stereotyped.
For all the great potential this film had, it suffered one fatal flaw: Poor direction, always just a beat or two off. So close to the mark, but still a fail. How can a director take such a great story, set in such a picturesque setting, with such capable actors and still make a movie that begs perfection but delivers second-best? Disappointing. Having ranted, now it's time to rave. Derrick L Middleton and Aidan Schultz-Meyer (whose photography I was already familiar with, but didn't realize that it was him until the end credits rolled) are beautiful, talented, and like getting a taste of chocolate but with no pay-off, leave us craving more. I almost had a personal moment when they kissed... Wow, that was hot, and very sweet. Elizabeth Dennis was the perfect fag hag, and even made the obligatory attempt to turn Sequan straight. Cameron Mitchell Mason did a very credible job as Michael, Sequan's sexually-confused cousin who abused him, but who also clearly had a thing for him, too. It doesn't hurt that he's pretty damned cute. There were moments that made me cringe; Michael's abuse, the classroom scenes where Sequan was incontinent and embarrassed, and the scene leading up to his shooting. That made me cry. There were also scenes that were almost too perfect for this flawed movie. The swimming scene with Sequan and Jake in the stream was gorgeous. Their moment alone in the graveyard with the becalming Appalachian Mountains (New York Appalachians standing in for Alabama Appalachians) in view was perfect. And then there was that kiss... Derrick L Middleton's Sequan is so familiar to me, as is Aidan Schultz-Meyer's Jake. It's nice to find a movie with characters who seem so familiar, so much like someone you know but just can't quite put your finger on. I'd say that's a very good acting job, indeed, when an actor, or actors in this case, can make you feel that way throughout an entire movie.
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