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I Held Him

A poignant tale that explores mental health, platonic affection and friendship.
5/5

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Written and directed by Hans Augustave, ‘I Held Him’ is a poetic drama film that explores the platonic physical affection between two male friends – one of whom is in the grips of a melancholic state of depression. Starring Brian Teague Williams and Alphonso Walker Jr, the drama, which is entirely set in a living room, is loosely inspired by the directors own personal experience. A narrative voice-over is used to convey the plot. A poignant tale with a deeply touching message.

The 7-minute film is constructed with modest cinematography throughout, which aids the intimate tone of the melancholic narrative. An eerie silence engulfs the living room as one of the friends surrenders to his mental toil. The other sits in an awkward state of helplessness. The narrative takes an unexpected turn as the helpless friend offers embracement.

Hans Augustave has created an endearing narrative with heart-warming intensions. The film hopes to lift the lid on the shame and awkwardness surrounding male-to-male platonic affection – particularly within the black community. Williams and Walker Jr. deliver exceptional portrayals from start-to-finish that is certain to bring a tear or two to the viewing audience. Visually, the film is nicely lit with high quality cinematography by Alexander Fischetti. Sound and post-production are equally commendable. Highly recommended.
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I Held Him

A poignant tale that explores mental health, platonic affection and friendship.
5/5

Review

Written and directed by Hans Augustave, ‘I Held Him’ is a poetic drama film that explores the platonic physical affection between two male friends – one of whom is in the grips of a melancholic state of depression. Starring Brian Teague Williams and Alphonso Walker Jr, the drama, which is entirely set in a living room, is loosely inspired by the directors own personal experience. A narrative voice-over is used to convey the plot. A poignant tale with a deeply touching message.

The 7-minute film is constructed with modest cinematography throughout, which aids the intimate tone of the melancholic narrative. An eerie silence engulfs the living room as one of the friends surrenders to his mental toil. The other sits in an awkward state of helplessness. The narrative takes an unexpected turn as the helpless friend offers embracement.

Hans Augustave has created an endearing narrative with heart-warming intensions. The film hopes to lift the lid on the shame and awkwardness surrounding male-to-male platonic affection – particularly within the black community. Williams and Walker Jr. deliver exceptional portrayals from start-to-finish that is certain to bring a tear or two to the viewing audience. Visually, the film is nicely lit with high quality cinematography by Alexander Fischetti. Sound and post-production are equally commendable. Highly recommended.
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