I don’t usually review shorts. But this film deserves special mention. Produced in cooperation with New York University and written/directed by Flavio Alves, it is a small, simple masterpiece. A tired, lonely, old man happens to see a Tom of Finland action figure in the window of a sex shop. It rivets his attention to a subject and a part of himself he has clearly never previously allowed himself to explore.
That night he dreams the doll has come alive and enters his bedroom. The film ends in sadness, as can only be the case for a life so near its end and so long repressed and in denial of its core truth.