"August" is a hot and haunting trip through the ex-files. It’s full of heat, sex and emotional ennui. What more could you want? It’s beautifully shot and definitely gives the appropriate amount of reverence to the gritty beauty of Los Angeles...and the male leads. It definitely can be heavy at times but it definitely captures the complex relationships of ex-boyfriends.
Troy (Murray Bartlett) returns to Los Angeles after some time in Spain. After trying to reconnect with his ex-boyfriend Jonathan (Daniel Dugan), they begin an affair that irrevocably changes their lives and Jonathan’s relationship with Raul (Adrian Gonzalez), a sexy Latino bartender.
"August" definitely becomes a journey through the murky emotional landscape of exes. You have sexual chemistry, you still love each other but things are never cut and dry. It ends up being all about the wet and uncut as the film captures the passion and heartache all against the backdrop of a Hollywood heatwave.
Gonzalez has a palpable sexuality that should be bottled and sold at Macy’s. He’s able to convey passion and subtle flirting in a way that definitely carries the film. Bartlett is also very convincing as a man seeking direction and answers but charming his way into all the wrong decisions.
"August" is sexy, let’s face it most gay films are, but it’s also emotional. It manages to push those buttons we all have. We’ve all felt passion, doubt and longing. Infidelity is complicated, even more so if everyone involved can sleep together.
The film is smart in many ways. They play up the whole gay couples’ looking alike. In a strange plot twist that plays with the continuity of the film, the two leads shave their heads because of the intense heat. It’s an odd stylistic choice but it does work.
The DVD includes a trailer for the film and other Wolfe releases and a featurette for the film. The featurette is a short four-minute segment of moments of the crew with a few moments with the cast describing the experience. Sadly, there’s not real introduction to the crew members so some of the significance is lost.
"August" is a emotionally-provoking film that causes many an emotion to stir. Everyone has had someone leave a mark on them, leave them unrequited and constantly stir up passion. "August" brings all of that in a mind-blowingly beautiful film that has the right blend of sex and emotion that is perfect for any relationship between owner and DVD.