Gay marriage and the idea of what if a gay man and a lesbian wed for convenience form the basis for this the latest film from indie auteur Damion Dietz. It's all about an arranged marriage of Mary and Joe for finances and appearances between a washed up pro ball player and his wealthy wife who wants to hide behind the facade of a happy homemaker. Joe has clandestine quickies on the side with men he finds in parks, and Mary just gives up sex completely. Everything is fine as long as neither of them finds emotional attachment. They are challenged by two people who ask for more than just sex from them - a handsome out landscaper and Mary's old college flame.
Dietz is a great visualist, and the film has an icy cool sheen that follows the construct far more than the characters. There is a great deal of nudity, but not too much of anyone is revealed. Everyone is wrapped in a protective layer that only barely gets dropped on occasion in the film. All of that is intentional as the movie has a languid pace similar to a Bergman film where things just happen and we witness events without too much explanation. If you like stylized melodrama, then this is the perfect film to sit down and soak up. Pretty people, pretty places, and an icy cool meditation on what happiness is and what it means to give it up are what you'll get.
The DVD is fullframe with a commentary from Dietz and lead actress Stephanie Kirchen (who you can see in every Damion Dietz film). It's a nicely made film, and the commentary is very enlightening and congenial (yes, I listen to these tracks). This is not a typical "gay" film. It's cool, removed, and detatched in style. It also features women equally as much as men. It's intelligent and meditative. Very interesting piece of work, and a must see for anyone who appreciates innovative and daring GLBT cinema that challenges the audience to think a good bit and fill in the blanks.