“He Loves Me” Time Alone Together Amos Lassen
“He Loves Me” is a feature film written and directed by queer filmmaker Konstantinos Menelaou and is about a gay couple who is convinced that a holiday away from the city will help mend and strengthen their rocky relationship. The two hitchhike to a remote seaside enclave, filling their days and nights with passionate lovemaking and making excursions into the rocky outcrops for sensuous times under the sun.
A narrator articulates their inner thoughts as they enjoy the sand and surf, but even in this golden paradise, the doubts that they wanted to leave behind catch up to them, taking the to an emotionally charged confrontation that will either result in destruction of their already fragile relationship, or a chance to once again discover the spark that originally brought them together. We see sex being frankly depicted as the two men explore the unconventional nature of love and its ability to survive against the odds.
Is it even possible for nature to
reveal their true essence and help them to change? Can these two wounded men
who are traumatized, hurt, and desperate on a remote beach find a way back to
some kind of innocence? Is there a way back to reality, back to love? “He Loves
Me” is a romantic, poetic and sexually explicit exploration of modern gay
love, and it is also
queer cinema at its finest and most authentic.
The film is a balance between fiction
and documentary and looks at the
unconventional nature of love and its ability to survive against the fear of
loneliness and the problematic lifestyle of a big city. Hermes and Shanuye know
that their relationship is on the verge of collapse and so they dare to venture
to an isolated beach where hey expose their feelings and release their
emotions. Their reborn love might be too fragile to amend all the shattered
pieces of their relationship.
Director Menelaou wants to create a new outlet of communication, which will allow himself and the actors to explore the key issues posed by the script and to offer the audience the chance to participate and further the dialogue when the film reaches its destinations.