Dog Tags (2008)
Dog Tags: Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Starring: Amy Lindsay, Barry Ratcliffe, Bart Fletcher, Candy Clark, Diane Davisson, Hoyt Richards, Keythe Farley, Paul Preiss
Damion Dietz (Beverly Kills) is back with a hot new film that tells the story of a friendship between a gay man and a "straight" soldier that leads to bed.
Emotionally daring and bristling with powerful performances, Dog Tags explores the cost of self-discovery as two unlikely souls connect. Abandoned by his father and raised by his single mother, handsome and sexually confused Nate obligatorily joins the Marines to support his fiancée. On leave, the detached marine meets Andy, a magnetic and seemingly free-spirited young man with big dreams of Hollywood. Initially their bond is purely platonic, but the smoldering chemistry they share is undeniable as it sizzles into something sensual and intimate. Together they plunge headfirst into waters of vulnerability and desire, while the identity of Nate's father finally rises to the surface.
Abandoned by his father and raised by his single mother, Debbie, Nate Merritt joins the Marines to support his soon-to-be fiancée, Trish. While on leave in Palm Springs he meets Andy, a magnetic, seemingly free-spirited young gay man with dreams of escaping to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.
Though the bond between the two men is initially platonic, the nature of their relationship unavoidably shifts into something physical and intimate as they tread the risky waters of vulnerability and introspection. Unexpectedly, by delving deeply within himself, Nate also uncovers the identity of the father he never knew.
With this brave cinematic work, director Damion Dietz (Beverly Kills) demonstrates tremendous ambition and craftsmanship, focusing on the emotional terrain of family loyalty and the weight of finding yourself in the world. Anchored by deft and powerful performances from a dedicated cast that includes Candy Clark (American Graffiti) and newcomer Paul Preiss as the introspective marine, Dietz has cultivated one of the warmest and most stirring gay dramas to come around in years. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lewis Tice
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