In Close Quarters: A Story of Love and WarBoth of Wanzie's characters possess multiple layers that transcend any dated "queers in the military" clichés, and under director Chris Yakubchik the shifts from tenderness to violence are devastatingly effective. The two young stars pour themselves into their physically and psychologically punishing roles, investing the sometimes overwrought dialogue with emotional resonance, and making the comrades' conflict compelling despite some enunciation issues when things get heated. An extended wordless opening sequence (underscored by Rich Charron's ambient instrumentals) makes the 90-minute running time feel at least five minutes too long, and it's easy to see the climactic twist coming from the very first scene. But whether you are gay, straight or simply human, the final Pietà pose will have you wiping away tears.
Wanzie Presents / D Squared Productions - Orlando, FL
7 DATES THROUGH MAY 29, 2016
Length: 90 Min
Price: $11 (Disc: MIL | Veterans)
Rating: 13 & Up – Adult Themes and Language