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January 2010

Redwoods

cast: Matthew Montgomery, Brendan Bradley, Laurie Burke, Tad Coughenour, and Caleb Dorfman

writer and director: David Lewis

82 minutes (15) 2009
widescreen ratio 1.78:1
TLA DVD Region 2 retail
[released 11 January]

RATING: 6/10
review by Sandra Scholes

Redwoods

Everett Forster (Brendan Bradley) helps a traveller find the guest house he wants to stay in for a while and it just so happens that his mum owns it. Chase (Matthew Montgomery) takes an instant interest in him, but Everett is already in a relationship and they have a boy too, but their love has turned sour and one day Everett is left alone in the house while he takes the boy away for a short vacation.

Everett works as an accountant by day, and in his spare time he goes to the old antique shop where he bumps into Chase again. They get talking and Everett agrees to be his tour guide, eager to show him round the sights and they make friends easily, but it is only a matter of time before he reveals his relationship with his boyfriend is not as good as he would have liked.

It is clear in the movie that he and Chase are better together but their friendship becomes a closer one in his boyfriend's absence. His mother has noticed the two of them have been spending a lot of time together lately and will make her own assumptions.

Redwoods contains a little frontal nudity and a tastefully-shot sex scene that has the two of them romping around passionately in a more artistic way, and the clich´┐Ż of Chase the struggling writer having to embark on an affair with another man in order to be able to write his masterpiece is true here. There are funny parts in it, the dialogue is good and the characters are lively enough to make the film an impressive one.

There is a build up to their relationship but the mere fact Everett has a long time boyfriend makes Chase feel uncomfortable around him as his love for him grows. The film leaves Everett questioning whether or not he should let Chase leave even though he loves him and stay with his boyfriend, or follow his heart and ditch the boring live in boyfriend.

Redwoods can be described as a movie about two men trying to find their true selves amid the madness of life going on around them.



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