Desire
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Desire

Desire director Daniel Laabs’ bracing, borderline ethereal tale of broken hearts and busted lives in a Lone Star State Desire small town could easily be pegged as a paean to LGBTQ outsiderness, but that’s selling one helluva good movie short shrift.

Pigeonholing this chimerical portrait of unexpected connections emerging umbilically between two, or three, vastly different people into any single staid box would be a damn shame. If anything, Jules of Light and Dark should resonate with anyone who ever felt mistreated, mistaken, or just plain messed-up, which is all of us some of the time and some of us all of the time. Life kicks your ass and you kick back if you can manage and maybe, if you’re lucky, in the end it all turns out…someway.

Tallie Medel gives a subdued but captivating performance as Maya, an opaquely hesitant, queer teen whose life takes an abrupt turn into uncharted territory when she and her kinda/sorta girlfriend Jules (Betsy Holt) end up fender-bashed by a roadside tree after an all-night bacchanal. A hero of sorts appears in the form of down-and-out oil rig worker Freddy (Sorry to Bother You’s Robert Longstreet) and rushes them to the hospital, where Jules slowly recovers from severe head trauma while Maya attempts to figure out what her “next move should be.” Longstreet is marvelous here as a man who’s lost more than he knows yet comes to realize the error of not only his ways but newfound friend Maya’s as well.