Heat is generated in more ways than one in this highly tuned romantic drama, "August." During the course of a steamy L.A. heat wave, a couple’s relationship is put to the test when one of their former lovers returns. What could be a tired and truly tested scenario of "my ex-boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble" is quite the opposite here.
There are several important elements which make "August" a film worthy of attention and praise. Director and writer Elder Rapaport has created an intelligent, well-written, realistic circle of characters. As the story evolves between the two partners Jonathan and Raul (Daniel Dugan and Adrian Gonzalez) and the former lover of Jonathan, Troy (Murray Bartlett) there is a heightened sense of the emotional and sexual connection of love that is part of any relationship... not a gay stereotype in sight. Even in 2011, some LGBT films can’t seem to keep it real, "August" fleshes out each of the men in such a way as to keep the viewer involved and attentive as to how this triangle of emotions will be resolved. The acting on all accounts is superb. Also, beautifully photographed, the film is an honest look at the passion and pain present when the waters are tested in a gay relationship’s strength.
Screening at the Miami Gay And Lesbian Film Festival ::