“SOLO”— Love and Deception



Love and Deception

Amos Lassen

First time director, Marcelo Briem Stamm, brings us a romantic and chilling drama of love and deception. Manuel (Patrico Ramos) is a handsome guy who has been hurt by his previous relationship and he is bored and tired of being alone. In a chat room, he meets Julio (Mario Veron), a lonely unemployed guy. The two guys are interested in each other and when they meet face to face. A sexual spark is lit. Sex is good and often but the problems that both guys have with intimacy and trust make them apprehensive about committing to a relationship. As the two spend more time together, secrets are revealed and while these might be real revelations, they might also be imaginary or even lies. We are not sure who is honest, who is real and who really loves the other.

Basically this is a film about two men who are trying to find a connection with each other. When they are not having passionate sex, they play a cat and mouse game. One behaves strangely while the other tries to calm him down. Both men claim to be honest but there are ways o telling and not telling the truth. Sometime in this game, a secret comes out but not before the guys plan to run away together.


The film kept me on the edge of my seat and the actors turn in riveting performances. I can’t say much more except to add that it is not always safe to meet men after talking to them in internet chat rooms.

Most of us have had dates or meetings that get out of hand and that is basically what the film is about. We see what can happen when two people meet up and do not understand what is going on. There is a lot to think about when meeting a stranger for sex. We see various possibilities as to what is really going on.


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