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Monday, January 2, 2017

'People You May Know' DVD: Gays of Our Lives



breaking glass pictures continues its run of gay-themed movies, including the theatrical release of the Unreal TV reviewed film"Lazy Eye," with the recent DVD release of the 2016 drama "People You May Know" by Spanish director J.C. Falcon. The believable nature of the central threesome make the tile very apt and elevate what could be mediocre twink fantasy film or lamestream romcom into an interesting character study of two guys and a girl (but no pizza place).

The formal accolades for this neo-modern love story include the Audience Award for Best Feature and the Festival Favorite Award for Best Director at the 2016 Cinema Diverse festival.

The following YouTube clip of the trailer for "People" provides an strong sense of the well-developed characters and their relationships that make the film a good choice for an at-home date night.



Central character Joe, played by Sean "Simon" Maher of the uber-awesome scifi series "Firefly," is a good-looking gay guy with a long history of one-night stands. His more meaningful relationships are limited to his long-term friendships with the also gay bespectacled Herbert (played by the very blessed Mark Cirillo of the Unreal TV reviewed film "The Last Straight Man), and former girlfriend Delia. "Newcomer" Rodrigo, who is the husband of Delia, rounds out the group.

The central event of "People" occurs when Joe and Delia revert to old habits after separate traumas in their lives. This intercourse leads to the latter becoming pregnant with the child of the former at a time that they are dealing with geographically and emotionally distant romantic partners.

For his part, Herbert is caught in the middle of the turmoil at a time that he starts dating a significantly younger man.

Romcom elements come into play regarding Rodrigo having to come to terms with a good friend impregnating his wife at arguably the worst possible time, Joe being manipulated by his domineering online lover only to find out that he really does not know him at all, and Herbert having concern about the age gap between him and his new boyfriend.

Mercifully, all this gets resolved without resorting to classic pop songs or grand gestures. Further, a very masculine Caitlyn Jenner style transsexual fills the role that the screaming queen traditionally plays.

Like "Eye," the story and "ordinary bloke" style of portraying that tale reflect the new normal in which committed gay relationships and marriage are prevalent and visible and the world realizes that every form of romantic relationship has the potential for the same forms of complications and related heartache.

As indicated above, the title of "People" reflects the veracity of the immediate-above paragraph. This movie works because we see ourselves and those in our lives in the characters.

The DVD extras consists of deleted scenes and a Qflix Q&A session.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding "People" is strongly encouraged to email me; you can also connect on Twitter via @tvdvdguy.