Deleted Scenes (Todd Verow)
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A chance meeting between two guys develops into a relationship, which the viewer gets to see from beginning to (maybe) end—via a series of fragmented scenes.
Independent filmmaker Todd Verow has created one of his best (and most sexual) films to date with this edgy, fragmented telling of a troubled relationship. Set in a New York City summer, thirty-something Sean meets the illusive Wolf, an Eastern European immigrant on a West Village pier. What begins as a purely sexual thing, eventually changes into what can best be described as an intense, but dysfunctional relationship. Wolf, a straight-acting prostitute and Sean, a needy, talkative neurotic – are not the best fit for an affair but the two men attempt to make a go of it. When Sean becomes increasingly jealous of his lover’s frequent absences, his paranoia, fueled by drug use, threatens their budding love. Will the two be able to solve their problems and develop as lovers, or was it all just a sexual fling extended way too long? The story is told in a straightforward structure, but Verow adds in additional characters, asides and even an alternative ending! Raw, indy gay cinema at its best.
Drama, Experimental/Avant-garde, Friendship, Gay Male, Gay/Lesbian, GLBT Creator / Performer / Writer, Ménage à trois/Threesome, Nudity, Prostitution: Gay Male/Hustler, Romance, Sexuality: Gay Male, Urban Lifestyle
CBF wrote on 05/19/2011:
I have not reviewed any films before nor have I seen any other Todd Verow films. However, since I just finished watching Deleted Scenes I want to put in my two cents. This is an original and excellent movie of believable characters with good acting and directing. As gay directed films go this is one of the best that I've seen. Ivica Kovacevic and Michael Vaccaro are convincing and real as two misfits who struggle to overcome their own doubts and fears to love each other. The authenticity throughout the film is a credit to Verow.
SK wrote on 03/04/2011:
I found it highly erotic, sweet and touchy. It is definitely a different kind of gay film which highlighted some of the issues, very common in our world. It's done very tastefully. Congratulations Todd
Amos Lassen wrote on 09/03/2010:
From Beginning to End
Todd Verow has made a name for himself as one of the top directors of the new queer cinema. His new film, “Deleted Scenes”, is edgy and enigmatic and he uses discarded footage to tell the story of a gay relationship.
Wolf (Ivica Kovacevic) is a hustler from Eastern Europe and he is one of the best at his trade. He stays healthy by using condoms and safer sex techniques and he seems to have a conscious morality. While cruising a NYC West Village pier, he meets Sean (Michael Vaccaro) ,a neurotic who is in the midst of a sex scene. Sean and Wolf have hot sex and begin to see each other but Sean becomes possessive and stalks Wolf. When he finds out that Wolf is a hustler, he really loses it and his behavior causes the two to go their separate ways.
Verow makes movies that are full of sex and nudity and he does that again here. He also makes movies about the darker and seedier side of gay life and this is a perfect example of that. There are some things to consider--is the story of Wolf part of an imaginary film from which these "deleted scenes" are culled? Is Wolf a secondary character in someone else’s movie? Could Fast Eddy (Brad Hallowell) who appears halfway through the film just a loose-living grifter, or is he the star of the afore mentioned feature film? Is it Wolf’s video-fetish connected to a regular client, a poor man who comes to a tragic end when he picks up the wrong hustler to take Wolf’s place because he has fallen in love and quit the street? What about Sean’s relationship with Wolf? Where does that belong? These possibilities are left to our own imaginations. It is up to us to take what Verow has given and have our own movie.
“Deleted Scenes” focuses on Wolf and Sean, who meet when the shy Sean approaches Wolf and asks for his number. A flurry of messages follow, before Wolf simply shows up at Sean’s place for an episode of hot sex (labeled "First F**k," ala the manner of deleted scenes, which are not typically assigned titles. Sean is anxious, wound up, and worried; Wolf shows him tender consideration and calms his fears and goes along with Sean’s recklessness. What we are given is a choppy narrative and it is up to us to come up with a story.
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