For the last two years, Ben has watched his best friend Phil have a sickeningly fantastic relationship with Maryann, the woman Phil snatched from under his nose. When Phil says he’s moving to Australia, this ‘perfect’ relationship starts to fall apart. Maryann asks Ben to fix things up. Unfortunately the more time Ben spends with Maryann, the more he’s attracted to her.
Ben’s love-life is complicated by his attraction to Aleo, a beautiful but oblivious Brazilian exchange-student who seems to fulfil all his fantasies. But Aleo is best friends with Ben’s ex-girlfriend, Wendy. Ben tries to break through Wendy’s defences in an attempt to find out more about Aleo, while simultaneously dealing with the unwanted advances of Trish, one of Phil’s workmates.
Weaving in and out of these two love triangles is the story of Richard and Iain. Richard is Ben’s flatmate, a deranged university student who develops a hatred for ‘Mr Perfect’ Iain, Wendy’s new boyfriend. Richard’s attempts to prove his superiority to Iain consistently end in failure and embarrassment.
“We all know what it’s like to love someone and not be loved back, to have a best friend move away, and to be jealous of someone’s success” says director Stephen Hickey. “It’s those three things that drive this movie.”
Hickey and Sean Molloy’s snappy screenplay depicts a world of romantic longing with hopeless (and frequently hilarious) results.
Fantasportos Film Festival-Portugal 2001 Taorima Film Festival-Italy 2000
Colour; 35mm; Dolby Digtal