Film #240: Little Man (2012)

little-mandirector: Eldar Rapaport
language: English
length: 24 minutes
watched on: 28 October 2016
Boys on Film 11 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)

This was the sixth movie on the “Boys on Film 11” DVD, and I think it’s the weirdest out of them all. It’s about a gay guy who’s leading an unfulfilling life, hooking up with guys only to have them ditch him the next morning, or even literally during sex.

At the same time all the straight men around him, like his brother or an anonymous taxi driver, keep telling how easy he must have it to hook up with guys, and that girls are a much more difficult nut to crack, and eventually he snaps, at the taxi driver, while he’s trying to hook up with a guy in the back seat. But when he gets home, he finds that some nerd-looking guy – the “little man” of the title – living in the flat upstairs has been secretively setting up all his hook-ups, like a combination of a guardian angel and the Illuminati. That’s where it becomes creepy, as there’s all these photos on the wall, like mementoes of his failed love life. The little man gets beaten up by the main character and is left for dead.

As with some of the other movies, I wasn’t sure what this movie was trying to say. I think there’s a perfectly valid point when it attacks people saying that girls or boys are easier to hook up with, but I’m curious what the little man is meant to represent. Perhaps it’s saying that we don’t have as much control over our lives as we think, or that we’re under constant observation. Perhaps it’s more of a straight-up what-if scenario, and it’s asking if we would do the same thing in his situation. I’m not sure, and I didn’t find it as poignant as some of the other movies in this series.

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