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Ronny And I

by Kevin Taft
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Sunday Jul 7, 2013
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In just twenty minutes, writer director Guy Shalem has pulled off something amazing in "Ronny & I." In his short film he has not only made an affecting drama about a man coming to terms with the romantic love he has for his best friend, but he’s also told it in a way that the younger generation will embrace. Filmed entirely using a handheld personal camera, the character played by Adam Berry records himself while on a weekend vacation with his best friend played by Luke Humphreys. IMDB listing does not state who the Ronny of the title is, and that’s part of the brilliance of the short. Because the simple plot affects both young men equally and so the "I" could represent either one of the two.

This is what gay cinema should look like.

During their weekend together Berry’s character reveals that he has broken up with his girlfriend because he has feelings for someone else. That someone happens to be his best friend. What follows is a beautiful tribute to unconditional love. That’s all this reviewer will say as this humble story is best when it unfolds in the tender and moving way it does. Shorts don’t generally do much for me because I personally need time to get invested in the characters. So it’s a testament that the naturalistic performances by the two young actors led by director Shalem do just that. With sharp editing by Shalem and exquisite music choices (The Album Leaf), all these elements work together to make one of the best films I’ve seen all year - short or feature. This is what gay cinema should look like.

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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