Followers of our film pages will know that it's not only Hollywood blockbusters that hit our spot. So here come news, a video and a few shots from "Naked As We Came," Richard LeMay's new film, just premiered in New York. It stars: Ryan Vigilant, Benjamin Weaver, Lué McWilliams And Karmine Alers.
Already endowed with a number of awards at film festivals in San Francisco, Palm Springs and Atlanta, the movie's starring foursome were happy to share views on the plot. It's not unique territory as it embraces the familiar themes of love, loss and the fragility of family ties. But it has received major plaudits on the LGBT festival circuit.
"Naked" focuses on Laura (Alers) and Elliot (Vigilant), brother and sister, back home to bond anew with their mother (McWilliams), who is in the late stages of terminal cancer. The pair find that Mom has aquired not only a new habit, smoking marijuana, but also a handsome new housekeeper, Ted (Weaver). Elliot and Ted speedily embark on a hot affair only for Elliot's new beau to reveal his own hidden agenda.
Though the movie is an exploration of the sexuality of its main characters, it also delivers an involving portrait of a family under stress finding strength and courage in challenging circumstance. Writer-director LeMay, said he was inspired by the experiences of close friends who had recently lost parents.
"I started thinking about what I would do if I knew one of my parents was going to die," he said. "It's a pretty dysfunctional family, but I think dysfunction can also be funny, if you stand back and let it be." As for the gay theme, he added "I don't think that [being gay] is the issue in this case; the issue is really just that they're human."
Weaver echoed those sentiments. "I think the message is about identifying what your real dream is, and having the courage to go after that, but also knowing that it's not always so easy to articulate that, and it might take some false starts before you figure it all out."
Lustralboy welcomes "Naked" for its luscious New England setting, four powerful performances and some subtle humour that sheds welcome light in the darkness.
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