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Excellent mix of genres,
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This review is from: Just Say Love [DVD] (DVD)
"Just Say Love" is a wonderful mix of genres, using the strengths of stage production and presence, with the effects of movie direction and story telling. Centered around two characters finding love, albeit is a very different way to what one would expect, the story evolves around the respective motivations and desires that find expression with each of the characters. Initially attracted to each other physically, the two men embark on a voyage of self-discovery, which ends with both characters finding precisely what they wanted in life. Guy (Matthew Jaeger) is a quiet, introverted man who has spent most of his life in the pursuit of love. He philosophies the spirituality of love, and constantly yearns to find that one man who will love him as he is. Doug (Robert Mammana) is a married construction worker, who is a primarily sexual being, finding both self-identity and fulfillment is his sexual prowess. The writer concedes that this has the making of many a sexual fantasy, but utimately one is surprised at the depth of each characters inner turmoil.
The setting is indeed minimalistic, designed as one would expect the stage production to look like. In this way, it has a look and feel of "Lilies", although the subject matter is entirely different. The design works in the movies favour, as the audience concentrates on the two characters and their intentions as opposed to the special effects and music. In this regard, the dialogue is extremely clever, although at times I felt that it went on a little two long (a consequence of stage direction I suspect).
The actors Matthew Jaeger and Robert Mammana are superb in their respective roles, and I found them to be both sympathetic and believable. In fact, it was a pleasure to see the inherent comfort both actors had with each other, and this made for a sincere and sensitive exploration of human sexuality. The fundamental question being whether love is found initially on the physical level from which it develops, or is it a something far more complex than that?
My one criticism is the ending, and here I shan't spoil it for others who wish to watch this movie. My only comment therefore, is that it ended far too conveniently, and as such I found myself doubting the crisp resolution of such.