In ‘Lavender,’ A Gay Man Finds Comfort, Complexity In Unconventional Relationship


Filmmaker Matthew Puccini says his new brief movie, “Lavender,” is aimed toward shattering stereotypes relating to the legitimacy of polyamorous relationships, notably as they exist throughout the LGBTQ neighborhood. 

The New York writer-director loosely based mostly “Lavender,” which premiered on the 2019 Sundance Movie Pageant in January and was launched on-line Wednesday by Fox Searchlight, on his personal experiences. The roughly 10-minute movie, obtainable above, follows a younger homosexual man named Andy (performed by Michael Hsu Rosen), who finds himself seduced by a married couple, Arthur (Michael Urie) and Lucas (Ken Barnett). What begins as an informal hookup, nonetheless, quickly evolves into a much more emotional and intimate state of affairs between the three males. (Some scenes might not be appropriate for work.)  

Puccini, 25, is not any stranger to depicting fashionable parts of the queer expertise. His 2017 movie, “The Mess He Made,” recreated the routine, if irritating, strategy of getting examined for HIV. With “Lavender,” nonetheless, he needed to painting “an unconventional relationship onscreen that felt tender and intimate” in a approach he hadn’t seen earlier than. 

“I believe lots of people nonetheless have the misperception that any relationship with greater than two individuals concerned isn’t sustainable or official,” he instructed HuffPost. “I appreciated the concept of placing one onscreen that emphasised how significant and intimate it may be, relatively than simply the same old narrative of jealously or pure kink … it’s nonetheless attractive and nonetheless has challenges, however I believe we captured one thing extra nuanced and tender, too.” 

Michael Urie stars in Matthew Puccini's "Lavender" as Arthur, one half of a gay married couple.

Michael Urie stars in Matthew Puccini’s “Lavender” as Arthur, one half of a homosexual married couple.

In fleshing out the narrative, Puccini drew on his friendship with an older homosexual couple, as he’d been “very drawn to the maturity of their relationship and their life-style.” 

“It made me understand how badly I needed these issues and that I’d by no means actually thought-about them for myself earlier than,” he mentioned.

Since its January premiere, “Lavender” has acquired ample crucial reward, receiving Vimeo’s award for Greatest U.S Fiction and named considered one of Indiewire’s 10 must-see brief movies at Sundance. 

At the moment at work on a brand new brief, “Soiled,” in addition to his debut function, Puccini says he’d wish to proceed to emphasise LGBTQ themes in his future movies.

“I really like the concept of seeing extra LGBTQ characters and tales being instructed within the style house,” he mentioned. “I’m personally craving a big-budget, tremendous queer rom-com, and would like to see some horror movies starring queer characters, too.” 

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