I’ll admit it. When I first spotted a link to this award-winning short film, it was the image of a shirtless, good looking guy that caught my attention. I made the assumption that I was in for thirteen minutes of eye candy, and some “uplifting” entertainment *winkwink*.
Au contraire, mon frere… Underneath it’s hot-and-sexy exterior, the film turned out to be a warm little gem. Filmmaker Branden Blinn’s “13 or so Minutes” has heart. And, as a gay man (who has experienced his own struggles) I found the movie delivered its message through great acting and smartly written dialogue. There is no waste, here… no noisy background music or flashy editing to keep us interested.
Instead we are left with a calmness and the renewed understanding: We are all the same. Every human wants to love and be loved. But we must love ourselves, first.
NOTE to Viewers: this film is NSFW for brief nudity, explicit language, and some sexual sounds. (Not kidding. Sounds!… athough it’s less graphic than even the most tame episode of HBO’s “Girls”)
The sheer sweetness of the words in this song should be more than enough to heal a searching heart. But when you add such raw, meaningful visuals and tender vocals… your heart just might overflow with happiness. Mine just did.
Self-Portrait, March 2013. Yes…there really is light out there.