Tim Kirkman’s “Lazy Eye” follows Dean (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe), a graphic artist living in Los Angeles who receives an email from Alex (Aaron Costa Ganis), an old flame he hasn’t seen or heard from in 15 years. The two of them meet up at a vacation home in the desert and passionately reconnect, but over the course of a single weekend, Dean and Alex open up old wounds and reveal secrets that neither expected. As tensions flare in their sun-drenched environment, both men determine whether or not they have a future together and contemplate the numerous roads not taken. (synopsis via Indiewire)
They, and by they I mean that conclave of knowing people whom no one has ever met but are cited to support all kinds of disparate nuggets of wisdom and insight, always say you can’t go back.
That’s not to say going back to someone or somewhere from your past is always a mistake but it’s never quite the same, with the magic alignment of people, places and thing not going finding the form every time.
Throw into the mix regret, loss, and the slings and arrows of misfortune that life inevitably bestows on us all, and recreating something that was once passionately alive and meant something can be fraught with all manner of peril.
But still we human beings are a hopeful lot and so even with that sage insight, we nevertheless give recreating the past a shot, with the hope that it will heal the wounds we still nurse and maybe give us a chance to secure the present we always wished had come to be.
So full points to Alex and Dean who launch into their second chance at happiness with passion and gusto, initially with everything they hoped for coming true but then realising that all that baggage they’ve been carrying over many years has to be stored somewhere.
And unpacking is never going to be easy or particularly pleasant: but doomed to failure? Not necessarily.
Because if there’s one thing the mysterious “they” haven’t taken into account, it’s the fact that while we can’t completely recapture what came before, we might be able to create something entirely, wonderfully new, and that is enough of a promise to make all the effort worth it come what may.
Lazy Eye premiered at the Frameline Festival in San Francisco which ran from 16 to 26 June this year. No details on wider release schedule at this time.