“STARCROSSED”— Brothers and….. Lovers



Brothers and…. Lovers

Amos Lassen

“Starcrossed” is an atmospheric story of two brothers, Darren and Connor, whose relationship develops into something more than society could ever handle. Unable to deny their feelings for each other the two brothers try to hide their relationship from an unkind world but fail. The boys decide that a world that cant understand them is a world that is not for them.

Writer/director James Burkhammer lets the story play out with honesty. The sequences of the two boys first falling in love are very sweet. There is no doubt that people will find this shocking but as we watch it we realize that the brothers share s purity to themselves and to their love for each other. Some will see this as a taboo relationship while others will see the simple story of two human beings in love.

As with any short film, the story is fairly simple and we see that the film is attempting to look at one of modern society’s most deeply held taboos. This film succeeds in every respect. In the fifteen minutes of running time, I found myself feeling a gamut of emotions. With only a little dialogue, the viewer is rapidly pulled into the most personal moments and thoughts of these star-crossed brothers.

From the opening scene set in their early childhood, we see the very close relationship the brothers share. When the film progresses to the present day in the next scene, the excellent acting and honest, heartfelt performances remind the viewer that love can come in the most unexpected and harsh way. As the relationship progresses, any disgust the viewer may initially feel is quickly replaced by sympathy and emotional distress as the viewer suddenly realizes that there can be only one possible resolution. And the aftermath of that resolution is heart-rending.

The film makes us boldly and honestly challenge and/or reexamine some of our deepest beliefs on the shame-filled and secretive taboo of incest. Though the film is only fifteen minutes long, it resonates in the viewer long after the credits roll.

The brothers are played beautifully played by J.B. Ghuman Jr. and Marshall Allman). Director Burkhammer follows the boys growing up from their early prepubescent years to their teens, and is able to effectively capture, in a non-judgmental manner, the intense emotional connection the two brothers have for each other. At times you forget that they are brothers, and instead enjoy the true beauty of their love for each other.

If really makes no difference how we feel about incest, no one is able to deny the real beauty of unconditional love between these two people.

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