96 minutes| U.K.| 2011| Colour| D-Cinema

The dilemmas of modern romance are deftly laid out in this insightful drama which begins with a drunken one-night stand and takes it from there. What is it about the two lovers which makes them want to see one another again? Is sex a way of getting intimate or actually a barrier to keep anyone else getting too close? Is it worth the risk of falling in love when you fear rejection is just around the corner? These are questions every one of us has wrestled with at times, and they point up the insightful inclusiveness of Andrew Haigh’s excellent feature debut, which happens to be about two gay men but probes the universal mysteries of the human heart.

Wonderfully natural performances from Tom Cullen (a lifeguard still struggling to accept his sexuality) and Chris New (a would-be artist who’s certainly ‘out’ yet somehow emotionally detached) set the seal on a story that’s cannily told and utterly suffused with feeling. (Notes by Trevor Johnston.)

Director Andrew Haigh will introduce the November 11th showing of his film and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

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