Monday, January 06, 2014

"Naked as We Came": gentle family about eldercare for a gay man's family, and about writing

Naked as We Came”, by Richard LeMay, brings together several issues in a gentle drama:  eldercare, same-sex relationships, family responsibility, and even ethics in authorship.
  
Laura (Karmine Alers) and younger brother (but barely adult) Elliot arrive at their dying mother Lilly’s (S. Lue McWilliams) Long Island estate. (No, this is not ABC’s “Revenge”.)   They have been running a family laundry business in New York City.  They find the groundskeeper Ted (Benjamin Weaver) has moved in and taken over the grounds, with the blessing of Lilly. 
  
Family tensions break out, but we learn that Ted is interesting indeed.  Elliot falls for him sexually, and Ted has written a novel.  It seems that he served in the Army in Iraq under “don’t ask don’t tell” with unclear outcome, and then that some members of the family appear as characters in the novel.  On the estate, he’s taught himself archery. Ted is certainly a master of social graces. 
  
Furthermore. Lilly smokes medical marijuana for cancer, and that can turn recreational. Everyone considers Elliot a bit of a baby.  Lilly says about his failed swimming lessons as a boy, “If you couldn’t win, you didn’t want to play.”  A monument to kibitzing.  Later, Ted talks about his failed piano lessons, and his desire to play drums. 
  
When someone is going to die, we don’t want them to die badly.  Lilly says she will go “as naked as we came”, because you can’t take it with you.  Maybe the outcome is as good as it can be.
  
   
The official site (Garden House Films and Soap) is here
   
I watched the 2013 film on Amazon instant play.  It didn’t need to be shot 2.35:1. 

Picture: Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy, my trip, March 2013.  


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