Those People


New American Cinema

SIFF Says:

Perpetually the romantic, Charlie has spent much of his young life in unrequited love with his best friend Sebastian—the golden boy of Manhattan. Though from very different worlds, their connection has remained unwavering through the years and rife with shared memories, both painful and lovely. When suddenly faced with the monumental fallout of his father’s financial scandal, Sebastian demands even more of Charlie’s attention, complicating Charlie’s budding love affair with a traveling pianist. Accustomed to getting his way, Sebastian begins a dangerous downward spiral, while Charlie struggles to discover the independence and artistic enlightenment that has long been out of his reach. While every scene evokes the complexity of real relationships through thoughtful camerawork and design, this film truly shines when it focuses on the details: Intimate moments in the bedroom, beautiful costumes in rich hues, stolen glances and tears. THOSE PEOPLE tells a familiar story of loyalty, but in a way that is uniquely beautiful.

Stranger Says

: If you’re interested in New York City, gay sex, and Gilbert & Sullivan, you’re going to love this. A suave handsome man and an awkward handsome man mouth the words to The Pirates of Penzance in a drawing room. One of them is in love with the other. Unrequited. Sucks. Other themes: jealousy, dads, artistic ambition, money, shame. Those People is like the HBO show Looking, except interesting. The anal sex scene is surprisingly tender. (CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE)

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Film Credits
Joey Kuhn
Jonathan Gordon, Jason Ralph, Haaz Sleiman, Britt Lower, Meghann Fahy
SIFF 2015