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Drift (2000)

A movie directed by Quentin Lee

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  • Oct 17, 2003
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And we were doing so well, a sweet story about relationships and the happiness and heartache that surrounds them. Then one day you meet a person and feel that spark, something that you can’t shake and it works against you until you decide the relationship you are in just maybe isn’t everything you thought it was going to be, that maybe that ‘special someone’ and you really don’t have all that in common after all. So you decide to end it, even after three years of what you thought was happiness and you decide to take a chance on a new person, a new relationship, you decide to drift along ……..

And right here is where the movie went bad.

Drift was written and directed by Quentin Lee as a testimony to his own 3-year relationship breakup and all the pain and heartache and even indecision that surrounded it. It starred R.T. Lee as Ryan, the one with the wandering eye, Greyson Dayne as Joel, his 3-year lover, and Jonathon Roessler as Leo, the new guy. The original concept of the movie was fine – outlining the relationship between Ryan & Joel, investigating the new relationship between Ryan & Leo, and even resolving this love triangle, but why in heavens name did it suddenly slip into a remake of Groundhog Day or Memento or even a strange twist on Sliding Doors? And with no friggin warning!

It came to the point where Ryan realizes that his relationship with Joel had gone stale, that perhaps he was the cause becoming complacent. This is enhanced when he meets Leo, an up and coming writer like Ryan who has a love of monster movies, like Ryan, he feels the connection. He decides to leave Joel, slips out of bed and quietly packs his things and leaves the apartment. Fine so far, he starts his new relationship. Fine so far, he meets again with Joel and they rehash old times and sort out old problems. Fine so far. Then …….

We start all over again ….. he decides to leave Joel, slips out of bed and quietly packs his things and leaves the apartment, etc., etc., etc. I thought maybe the DVD was stuck and had skipped back to the previous segment, but checking the meter display I see it is glibly advancing along. Then I notice a subtle change in the events – the new relationship isn’t progressing as it had previously, his split from Joel is more painful than he thought, in other words, a whole new set of rules. Ok, fine I thought, a twist to the story. Then …….

We start all over again ….. he decides to leave Joel, slips out of bed and quietly packs his things and leaves the apartment, etc., etc., etc. And again, an entirely different story line with a different result to the combined relationships.

So vaguely I was disappointed in the entire production for a story that started with a nice new thought – not the beginning of a relationship but the settled in state and the questioning about “I wonder if this is what I really want” stage. Looking at different possibilities and investigating the outcome of your future. Instead you get three segments of purported ‘what ifs’, much like Sliding Doors. And darn it, that ticked me off because it coulda been a good story if left to a natural outcome.

I did listen to the interview on the DVD with Quentin Lee and found that although there was a script involved (he had a grant, there had to be a script) that often he let the actors improvise scenes and flow with what felt natural. Most of the production was done in a small set with handheld cameras, making it seem more intimate and the actors seemed more relaxed. Overall it was a good solid production, I was just disappointed with the wandering story, or story possibilities.

Drift was nominated for the Ottavio Mai Award for best feature film from the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. I won’t thumbs down the movie because it is a good feature and well done although swamped with cliché but I will caution you about the changing and alternating storyline.



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review by . October 15, 2002
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I almost didn't write a review of this movie because it appears anyone who doesn't give it '5' stars or criticizes it receives a number of negative reviews.. This movie was OK. It has a "Sliding Doors" premise - how will my life be different if I do or don't make the choice to end my relationship? The premise is interesting, and given a small budget, the film is passable.The acting, aside from brief and rare moments of talent, is as wooden as I've ever seen. I'd have given my eye teeth for a decent …
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A deft exploration of what might happen if someone's life took different paths. Ryan (R.T. Lee) is an aspiring screenwriter who's been seeing Joel (Greyson Dayne) for almost three years--and then he meets Leo (Jonathon Roessler) at a party and thinks he may have found his soulmate, a lover who will understand him fully.Driftthen follows what would happen if Ryan and Leo fell madly in love, if they just had a fling, and if Leo didn't share Ryan's feelings at all. What makes the movie work is how well realized the characters are; as the different scenarios mark out each turn of fate, their behavior changes but is completely compelling as the actions of the same person. The movie is tightly edited, so that just when it threatens to wallow in relationship drama, it moves forward. Plus, the steamy sex scenes have more heft because of the reality of the emotions portrayed.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Quentin Lee
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 2000
Screen Writer: Quentin Lee
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: Fox Lorber
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