Director: Travis Fine
Writer: Travis Fine, George Arthur Bloom
Country: United States
Duration: 98 min
Stars: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyv
Life consists of many segments, each of which in turn accounts for a piece of other pictures. They are optimistic pictures with light of hope, of expected solution and final satisfaction. However, they are also darker images when one goes astray in the situations that are beyond imaginations and belief. The most important point lies in: every picture contains in itself a certain meaning. Good or bad frames do not affect the meaningful contents when one knows where and how to look. Beauty is in the eye of the viewer, and the beauty of this film fills the audiences with hope and prejudice, with trust and betrayal, with short-term happiness and long-lasting endurance in bitterly and the rapidly changing life cycle.
Rudy is a man who performs nightly at a gay bar. He comes across his neighbor, a lady with sign of drug abuse. She has a son named Marco. "Marco was a sweet kid and smart and funny. He had a smile that could light up the room. He loved junk food. Chocolate doughnuts were his drug of choice". He is just innocent and childlike beautiful like others. Unluckily and ultimately sad, he has a Down syndrome. When his mother left him unexpectedly, the life of Rudy and Marco intervenes with each other.
Paul is an excellent lawyer. He has divorced his wife because he realized that something is different. He understands what he really wants, and the moment he meets Rudy proves the immortally legendary tale "Love at the first sight". Together they go on a journey of protecting and fighting for Marco as well as for themselves so that Marco will have a safe and good environment for upbringing. Together they surpassed things and succeeded, to a certain extent.
On that journey, audiences witness many segments of life in which there are supports, there are oppositions. What does not kill us makes us stronger. What always stands by them make them strongest, and that is their love, their will, and their hope. Sometimes, it is false hope and is proven by the evily opposite sides, but the film does give us a far more valuable message: Mistake is born every day. We hardly notice it until time tells us. That moment is when we are struck by the consequences of our own neglect.
Being gay is difficult enough. Being a child with a disease is not at all easy. If, for one moment, we rethink of what we have all thought, is the problem created by the way we define things? The film marvelous demystified it. Gay or straight, handicapped or normal kid, they are all humans. Between humans, there are indestructibly equal rights, which are seemingly forgotten and deliberately neglected by a considerable number of people. Imagine you are gay, or your child has the Down syndrome, you will not simply suicide or throw your child away, will you? If you really might, what is the reason? And no matter what the reason is, life is not born to be killed like that because the meaning of life is limitless beyond human recognition and knowledge. If we have the opportunities to live a normal life, we should help others because if everyone thinks in such way, there will be time when we receive help from others.
Unfortunately, as stated above, "Mistake is born every day. We hardly notice it until time tells us. That moment is when we are struck by the consequences of our own neglect."
Review by feliht on Orvel.me