The blurb: Alexe is a young trans woman, and Carl a gay man. Best friends since forever, an evening spent together destabilizes Alexe, when both decide to have sex together for the first time.

This is a relatively long film that takes its time to tell a story about intimacy, taking chances and the nature of love. It’s not explicit which I think is a shame but few “serious” filmmakers are willing to show real sex, even in a film where it would have worked beautifully.

Still, the focus isn’t really the sex, it’s the interaction between the two lead characters. The film may be about a trans woman and a gay man but the experience has a universality about it. Crossing the boundary from friendship to sex/love is often tricky, no matter who you are. The acting of Pascale Drevillon (Alexe) at the end is just superb when portraying the conflicting emotions that arise.

This film has played dozens of film festivals and won Best Canadian Short when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017.

Here’s the film’s Facebook page.

Length: 22:57
Director: Marc-Antoine Lemire