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A timeless exploration of desire and self-discovery in the face of societal homophobia.
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David Lykes Keenan’s gay-themed short film takes audiences on a journey back to the early ’80s, exploring the repressed desires and closeted homosexuality of the protagonist, Marsh, portrayed by Ellar Coltrane. In a time marked by homophobia, Marsh becomes enamored with Rivers, played by Roby Attal, sparking a poignant battle between desire, fear, and burgeoning hormones.

Coltrane’s portrayal of the lonely Marsh is both charming and authentic, capturing the internal struggles faced by many young gay men during that era. Attal complements the narrative with his compelling performance, creating a duo that resonates with the audience.

Amy Bench’s cinematography successfully captures the essence of the ’80s, with well-framed shots that contribute to the film’s nostalgic atmosphere. The costume and production design further enhance the period setting, creating an immersive visual experience.

The film stands out for its incredible acting, poignancy, and authenticity, with both actors delivering performances that tug at the heartstrings. Keenan’s storytelling leads to a beautiful and hopeful conclusion, making the film not only a snapshot of a challenging time but also a timeless exploration of love and self-discovery.

Brief Synopsis

It’s 1982, Marsh is 24 years old, and he struggles with a tormenting secret. One night, he crosses paths with Rivers, a stranger so striking that Marsh is instantly smitten. Marsh pursues Rivers until an opportunity presents itself for him to take the boldest risk of his life.
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Director(s): David Lykes Keenan
Writer(s): David Lykes Keenan
Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Roby Attal
Producer(s): Amy Bench, David Lykes Keenan, Ellar Coltrane, Tom Suhler
Director of Photography: Amy Bench
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Runtime: 14 min

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Bodies of Water

A timeless exploration of desire and self-discovery in the face of societal homophobia.
5/5

Review

David Lykes Keenan’s gay-themed short film takes audiences on a journey back to the early ’80s, exploring the repressed desires and closeted homosexuality of the protagonist, Marsh, portrayed by Ellar Coltrane. In a time marked by homophobia, Marsh becomes enamored with Rivers, played by Roby Attal, sparking a poignant battle between desire, fear, and burgeoning hormones.

Coltrane’s portrayal of the lonely Marsh is both charming and authentic, capturing the internal struggles faced by many young gay men during that era. Attal complements the narrative with his compelling performance, creating a duo that resonates with the audience.

Amy Bench’s cinematography successfully captures the essence of the ’80s, with well-framed shots that contribute to the film’s nostalgic atmosphere. The costume and production design further enhance the period setting, creating an immersive visual experience.

The film stands out for its incredible acting, poignancy, and authenticity, with both actors delivering performances that tug at the heartstrings. Keenan’s storytelling leads to a beautiful and hopeful conclusion, making the film not only a snapshot of a challenging time but also a timeless exploration of love and self-discovery.

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

It’s 1982, Marsh is 24 years old, and he struggles with a tormenting secret. One night, he crosses paths with Rivers, a stranger so striking that Marsh is instantly smitten. Marsh pursues Rivers until an opportunity presents itself for him to take the boldest risk of his life.
Bodies of Water

Credits

Director(s): David Lykes Keenan
Writer(s): David Lykes Keenan
Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Roby Attal
Producer(s): Amy Bench, David Lykes Keenan, Ellar Coltrane, Tom Suhler
Director of Photography: Amy Bench
Animation:

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Year:
Runtime: 14 min
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