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Author: rjobrien_1943 from United Kingdom
While the title smacks of affectation – or just plain attention-seeking, Sam McConnell’s short film, now on the festival circuit, is stylish, funny and charming. The main characters, Will and Eli, meet by chance in a bar and head to the salt flats searching for a party. In the process, however, they take the first steps towards finding and accepting themselves. McConnell develops small yet revealing tensions between his characters, who at the start appear to inhabit different worlds. The shy Will expresses sexual desire, perhaps for the first time, while motormouth Eli, who seems full to bursting with self-confidence, exposes his vulnerability, leading to a surprising, unexpected bond. ‘Twoyoungmen, UT’ is very well written, acted and directed by this up-and-coming filmmaker. The only complaint is that one wishes the film was longer, as the material seems ripe for expansion. Hopefully, ‘Twoyoungmen, UT’ will become more widely available, despite the hurdles facing any short independent film in terms of theatrical, television and home video distribution.