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A routine trick propels a tall, dark and cynical hustler (the strikingly handsome newcomer Ben Bonenfant) into a series of life-changing encounters in this stunningly photographed drama. The amicable and sexually efficient rent boy begins to look at himself differently when he finds himself lost in a maze-like apartment building. As he wanders through the building, he tricks with a variety of johns. Sex is the commodity, but out of that comes raw, unguarded emotions. Witty, sexy and touching, Strapped is an unforgettable look into one young manís moving journey towards deeper understanding.
This is an awesome movie. The story is engaging; and the ending leaves you smiling.
The iTunes version censored the frontal nudity out. Not relevant to the story, but I don't approve of censorship, and would have appreciated being told this version was edited before buying.
I consider myself to be a fairly harsh judge of what makes a "good" movie. I watch alot of the gay cinema that's put out there and enjoy it mostly because there isn't much as far as mainstream to enjoy. And lets face it alot of these gay-movies, even the better ones, are second rate at best.
This movie definately has the "indy" feel to it. But I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the Acting in this film. Especially from the lead role. He played the part of a hustler very well, and it was fun to see him jump from role to role, depending on how he read the people he was with. I thought it was good. The stories were great and I loved how each built on the previous.
It is set up similarly to the movie Four Rooms (don't worry, it's much more enjoyable than that flop) and is, essentially, the story of 5 different encounters that a Male Hustler has inside an Apartment building that he ends up getting lost in. And in each encounter, he learns something, or takes something away. And by the end, you're wondering if he's putting on the act for his client still? or is this really him? It has everything you could want in a movie like this, laughs, cries, sympathy, sex and a feel good ending.
Good Storytelling, GREAT Acting, especially from the lead and the old man, and one of the better "Gay" films I've seen in a long time. Definately worth a watch.
Just touch my soul... my heart...