After the debut of
Director/Producer Brent Bambic's second film,
Exploring Love, at this year's
Film Festival, Exploring Love makes it's United States debut at
the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, FLIFF.
Exploring Love follows the life of Sean, played by
Pearson and his relationship with his best friend Bastian, played by
SanPedro. Both of
these guys are truly hunks and having been models, they have
an easy time hooking up with girls. Sean is however looking for true
love, an emotional connection and a faithful relationship.
No outsiders. Sean is also deeply spiritual and although not
committed to any one religion, Christianity clearly defines
his outlook on relationships. Bastian on the other hand, has
a little more "European" outlook and accepts that commitment
is easier to talk about than find. Neither one seems afraid
to fool around while looking.
Having retired from modeling (at less than 30), Sean and
Bastian now own a talent agency on South Beach. Over lunch
one day Sean mentions that he's surprised how comfortable
and open the two Gay guys are sitting the next table. When
Bastian replies that he thinks its great, the plot of the
movie begins to unfold;
will the two Casanovas continue to look for love in all
the wrong places or will they finally act on their
apparent feelings for each other?
Exploring love is filmed in the nightclubs and on the
streets of Miami Beach and so the scenery is very familiar
to those of us that live in South Florida. There are
spectacular shots from Sean's roof of the Miami Beach Art
Deco skyline and a few breathtaking walks on the beach at
sunrise and sunset. The quality of the acting and
cinematography start out a little Soap Opera like, but
improve as the movie unfolds and everyone gets more
comfortable in their roles.
Although I assumed that I had been given
Exploring Love to preview because it had a
Gay theme, twenty minutes or so into the movie, I was trying to figure out when
it would be revealed, if at all. The movie is not really about Sean's homosexual
identity; it's about his exploration of love and how that love will be a part of his
life. Sean's deep emotional feelings for and relationship with Bastian are just
one aspect. However, once the Gay storyline was revealed, this homo was hooked
All in all this another solid Gay themed movie for the
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and definitely
worth seeing. Once Sean and Bastian's feelings for each
other are revealed, you'll be on the edge of your seat
waiting to see how it all works out.
Bravo and four stars out of five.