Ryan (R.T. Lee) is a nice-looking Chinese Canadian living in L.A. and working in a coffee shop while trying to make it as a scriptwriter. He's in a comfortable relationship with Joel (Greyson Dayne), who designs Web sites for the Gay and Lesbian Center. Ryan is passionate about his writing, literature and movies, while Joel is an ordinary guy with ordinary tastes who continually tells his lover he thinks too much.
Lee explores these possibilities with equal credibility, which has the effect of underlining how difficult it is for people to know themselves fully, let alone others. In this light, Ryan commands respect for being honest with himself and Joel, and for not settling for a relationship merely because it is comfortable.
"Drift" is a slender, intimate tale that is thoughtful and revealing, nicely written, directed and acted. Desi del Valle's Carrie and Sebastien Guy's Matt are Ryan's best friends, both caring, sympathetic and encouraging. It is a worthy follow-up to Lee's larger-scale debut feature, the jaunty dark comedy "Shopping with Fangs."
Unrated. Times guidelines: adult themes and situations, some language, some sex.
Desi del Valle...Carrie
A Margin Films presentation of a DE/Center Communications production, produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Writer-director-cinematographer Quentin Lee. Producers Bella Yurkovetsky, Quentin Lee. Music Steven Pranoto. Editor Suan Toon Yeo. Production designer Deeya Loram. Running time: 1 hour, 26 minutes.
Exclusively at the Fairfax Cinemas, Beverly Boulevard at Fairfax Avenue, L.A., (323) 655-4010.