Pit Stop

DIRECTOR: Yen Tan

Expected to attend: director Yen Tan.

It might be difficult for urban gays to relate to the circumscribed lives of their small-town brethren, where options to assuage loneliness narrow down to limited or missed opportunities. Then again, loneliness is a universal animal, heedless of specific geography other than the vast terrain of the yearning heart, and when the “right one” finally comes along, it doesn’t matter whether it’s among the throngs of San Francisco or at a pit stop in Texas.

With his third feature, director Yen Tan (Ciao) joins forces with David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) to craft a charming romance characterized by Variety’s Dennis Harvey as “low key but ultimately deeply satisfying.” B. Ruby Rich adds: “Yen Tan’s gift for long takes and his comfort with silences makes demands on the audience that films ought to make—and pays them back with a surprising happy ending.”

Construction contractor Gabe (Bill Heck) and forklift operator Ernesto (Marcus DeAnda) are caught in compromised relationships: Gabe with his ex-wife and young child whom he wants to responsibly raise, and homebound Ernesto with a young lover anxious to start an independent life in the big city. Despite both being handsome and available, Gabe and Ernesto are insecure about their future chances for love. With heartfelt nuance and patient observation, Tan captures honest performances from an accomplished cast.

— MICHAEL GUILLÉN

Co-presented by:
San Francisco Movie Bears

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