Retired and lonely, Bob Metcalf is ready for a relationship, but finding a companion is easier said than done. Seventy years old and gay, Bob lives in a small rural community in northern Maine, over 150 miles from the nearest gay bar. Despite being computer illiterate, Bob decides to pin his hopes on an on-line personals ad in an attempt to find love at last.
While my heart breaks for Bob who clearly is lonely, I didn’t feel this film did his situation any justice. The film clocks in just under 4 minutes and mostly consists of some images of Bob alone at home and then Bob briefly telling us about meeting a man or potential matches on line (and when I say briefly I mean approximately one sentence). The film seemed less documentary and more art project (and it did just finish a run in an NYC art installation in November) but even the art project was more macaroni art than paper mache .
While I understand you can only do so much in 4 minutes, I’ve seen much better done in so and there are much better documentaries out there about gay men. I don’t know how many documentaries are about men in Bob’s age demographic (and that’s one reason the director chose him so as to get a look into “a part of queer life he’d never heard before”) which does make this unique but its unique subject is all it has going for it.
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