"Available Light" Escaping Loneliness Amos Lassen Todd Verow's "Available Light" is an experimental feature film about people in different cities who are trying to escape their loneliness through love, lust or a combination of both.Read More
"Available Light" Escaping Loneliness Amos Lassen Todd Verow's "Available Light" is an experimental feature film about people in different cities who are trying to escape their loneliness through love, lust or a combination of both. In the film, we visit the various gay capitals of the world (most prominently Berlin and New York) focusing on various encounters between men looking for lust and love. The stories follow one another in sequence and are only vaguely connected. Sometimes we merely see the characters preparing to meet someone, or returning from a one-night stand without a word being spoken in one section. In other stories, they speak more, but it is noticeable that there is a lot less dialogue and this is because it is of secondary importance. It is all about body language in this film; not only between two or more persons, but we also see how a character emotes his true self on his own, and thereby reveals all the more about themselves to us the viewer. As can be expected from Verow, this is quite a sexy movie and it is often humorous. However, for some it might prove to be disturbing in its frankness. The characters are basically disconnected from each other and from themselves. We might need to think about the differences between loneliness and just sexual gratification and watch how the characters here regard this. The title comes from the fact that the film was shot in real locations using the light that was available at the time of the shoot. As viewers, we become voyeurs as we watch the characters in situations that are quite sexual and usually not seen by others. In a sense, we become partners in the situation by imagining what the characters are going through and making connections between them that may or may not be real. There is a lot of nudity and explicit sexual contact and the actors are very sexy and obviously not afraid to show their all on camera. This is quite an intense look at gay sex and if you are not used to the kinds of films that Todd Verow makes, you just might be a bit uncomfortable. I personally admire him for daring to go where others will not.