Aside from the fact that Charlie David is not the best actor, I was surprised to really enjoy this film. The slick Hollywood production value didn't hurt it either. I hadn't read any reviews or summaries of the film before watching it so it was a pleasant surprise.
The story is quite simple, failed moviemaker Zach Wells fills in for his friend at his alma mater's film festival. He has a fling with a student who turns out to be a contestant in the film festival. The next day, he learns that the contestant is actually a past version of himself and begins the conscious struggle with his past.
When I think about all of the things I've done in my life, I see many places where I could have alleviated my own suffering by doing something different. I had no one particular life changing event where a future me could have returned to to alter the past. All of the fortuitous events occurred along side the unlucky, premeditated ones -- entangled and entwined -- like the results of geological processes in the various substrata of my life. I feel that the act of returning to the past to "change" something would be a repudiation of my present life and so although I ruminate at times about how things may have been different had I showed more empathy here or restraint there, I am contented with the life I have and accept its foundations. Or at least, to learn to accept the foundations -- including the shadow -- of my present life.
This is definitely a cuddle up movie on a wet in-doors night and a refreshing "magical realism" type movie like Were the World Mine to the canons of gay and lesbian cinema. Definitely a movie to watch.
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