Now and Later
Exciting news today from TLA Releasing—they are the exclusive distributors of “The Deception”, a new gay themed film that looks like it is going to be a blockbuster. “The Deception” is made up of two stories—the first is that of a gay teen named Chip Quinones (Garrett Wade) and how he deals with his sexuality and his first love, Devon Holmes (Garner Jarrett); the second is a look at Chip (now Christopher) some twenty years later when he is in the closet and trying to get a foothold in politics. He is now married to a woman from a politically influential family and is preparing to run for the Senate from the state of Maryland. Everything comes together when his first love suddenly reappears and Chris’ new carefully build and monitored world begins to fall apart. Here is a story of repressed desire over the years and some of you will recognize shades of Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Conformist”.
Chip and Devon were best friends in their teens and one summer they both gave into their feelings for each other. Then as happens, the two men went about building their lives and in the process fell out of contact. Devon comes back into Chris’ life twenty years later and this causes him to have to decide between his career as a politician and the man he has loved.
The plot is like a Greek tragedy only contemporary—it is the story of a man who sells out on a chance to live an authentic life with inescapably cataclysmic results. Writer and director Jay Durrwachter sadly, passed away after the film was completed and was in final editing. The story weaves a tale of political aspirations and repressed romantic desires.
Young Chip and Devon gave in to their mutual attraction while working at an amusement park together during one fateful summer. Interwoven with this story are scenes that take place twenty years later.
Chip, who now goes by Christopher (David Busse) is back in the closet. He is an up-and-coming Maryland politician and a wonderful future seems to be waiting for him and all he has to do is take it. But then, he runs into grown-up Devon (Jerry G. Angelo).
Chip claims to have moved on and forgotten the past but Devon has not and for him it was bliss that they shared as teens. He reminds Chris of the love and honest life that he walked away from. His presence and continued affection are a constant reminder of the more honest life that Christopher left behind.
The film was made on a low budget yet it deals with important ideas. Chris had become politically ambitious and as he mapping put his strategy, he takes us fiancée to where he grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is there that he sees Devon, his first love and instantly feels passion being reignited inside him. He must choose between his desire for a career in politics and his wish to live a life of integrity and honesty. This is really about two people whose gender is unimportant; what is important is the love that they share. They have the same problems everyone has and while this is a film about two gay men, it could be about any two people who have experienced love. We are with Chris/Chip and Devon on their journey and as they deal with feelings. Because of that we cannot anticipate how the movie will end. Perhaps if this had been made 30 or 40 years ago, we would know from the very beginning that was going to have a tragic ending but people and films have changed a great deal.
We see how living in denial can be a terrible thing and the film emphasizes that by showing the young lovers as they discover their feelings and that is contrasted to the way that Chris lives presently. He had hope that his affair with Devon was nothing moiré than a phase he was going through but when they are reunited later in life, he realizes the extent of his feelings. His career and his hopes in politics are a definite contrast to how Devon lives now. He is a gamble who is in debt to a family in crime. We see young love vs. adult compromise and how poor guidance can ruin peoples’ lives. (This we see in the young boys’ parents).
As an adult, Chris knows that he is gay but chooses to live a straight life. There are two beautiful moments in the film and they are shown in juxtaposition—the boy’s first sexual act with the men’s reunion sex—. Now if you are curious to see how it all works out, you will have to get the movie from TLA.