Gay Alpha v. Gay Beta in a Dark Little Gem of a Movie: “Narcissist”
Twin Cities Out Film Festival Features the First-Rate Short wih “Folsom” Feature
Narcissist centers on a kind and conscientious young gay man named Evan (Hunter Lee Hughes), in a relationship with an emotionally manipulative man named Rob (Brionne Davis). Charismatic Rob has turned seducing and bedding men into a kind of dark art. He lubes up their feelings and parts of their bodies, enters into a controlling short-ish term relationship with them, speaks to their hopes and dreams and then dumps them.
Filmmaker Eric Casaccio has given us a vivid example of a good gay man psychologically raped by a callous gay man. Hughes brings courageous vulnerability to his role as he probes Evan’s crumbling self-esteem as Rob systematically humiliates him at the end of their relationship and beyond.
Davis’s portrayal reflects a stalker mentality that respects few mental limits. His dialogue is subtly chilling and Davis’s understated performance suits it exquisitely.