Monday, October 10, 2016 7:00 PM at the Harris Theater
(USA, 2015, 86 min)
Directed By: Tim Kirkman
Set amidst swimming pools and the Joshua Tree landscape, Lazy Eye follows Dean (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe), a graphic designer, walking through life in semi-denial until he unexpectedly reconnects with Alex (Aaron Costa Ganis), an ex from 15 years ago who broke his heart. The two retreat to the desert for a weekend of sex and rekindling, which prompts Dean to reflect on his life with increased clarity.
Judging by appearances, Dean is doing fine. He’s a successful graphic designer with a tastefully furnished apartment in Los Angeles. In his early 40s, he’s stylish, fit, well groomed—the model urban homosexual male. But when Dean opens his email inbox one night to find an out-of-the-blue message from an ex, his deeply rooted dissatisfaction with his life begins to rise to the surface.
A hesitantly rekindled correspondence with Alex, who disappeared without a trace (or even a goodbye) after a summer fling 15 years earlier, eventually leads to an invitation to a weekend at Dean’s rustic retreat in the Southern California desert. Alex arrives with the air of a self-assured, free-spirited man of the world, though it soon becomes clear that he harbors his share of doubt and regret as well. What begins as a passionate second-chance fling inevitably turns into an emotionally charged rehashing of their long-ago romance, as both men grapple with the decisions that have led them to this point.
The script and direction, both by Tim Kirkman, (director of Loggerheads and Dear Jesse), questions of middle age—whether turning back to the past is ever a viable way to move forward. There are no surprises here, no shocking revelations, but Kirkman’s steady-hand alongside the talented leads give Lazy Eye confidence and power to provoke.