Alex (James Fanizza, who also writes and directs) is introduced to Sebastian (Alex House) and is immediately attracted to him. The problem is that Sebastian is Alex’s boyfriend Nelson’s (Guifré Bantjes-Rafols) cousin. Sebastian is only in Toronto for a week before he returns to Argentina, and Nelson wants Alex to show him around. A love affair begins between the two men which threatens their individual relationships with Nelson, as well as exposing the past struggles the men have endured.
Sebastian is a sweet, romantic, beautiful, well acted film following the intense relationship that grows between Alex and Sebastian over the course of a week. The film certainly succeeds at everything it’s attempting to accomplish, although it does suffer from a predictability that tends to hamper just about every film in the romance genre. It only takes a few minutes to understand exactly where Sebastian is going, but it does manage to build deep characters within that story.
It may be typical, but a part of that is actually rather important. This isn’t the story of boy meets girl, this is boy meets boy, and that’s something we rarely get. The fact that the film so successfully fulfills the requirements we would expect from a romantic movie while exceeding other aspects, such as creating characters who are more than just one note, and is focused on two men is something that should be celebrated. Yes, you may know where Sebastian is headed, but that doesn’t take away from the touching journey to get you there.