This film was a delightful surprise, and it was just what I was looking for. I love films that portray the aching loneliness, and the longing, for meaningful connections with other people... especially during this pandemic (it's December 2020, and we are currently in our second stay-at-home lockdown in San Francisco), and especially ESPECIALLY when they depict human - and humane - gay characters as something other than just stereotypes. And this lovely, bittersweet character-driven gem of a film delivered everything I was hoping to see on a quiet Saturday evening.
Kudos to the director, Yen Tan, and to the writers, and every single actor in the film - there was not a false note from anyone - and a special shout-out to the two main, incredibly attractive and talented actors, Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, whose lovely, sweet, moving introduction to each other - as Gabe and Ernesto - takes almost the entire film to happen... although you know it's coming. Their performances so moved me that I went immediately to IMDB to find their other work. (I had a similar experience last weekend after watching "Before the Fall" on Prime Video and being introduced to Chase Conner and the remarkable Ethan Sharrett.) And thanks, as well, to Director Tan for a happy ending, for once: the ending left me longing to know more about these two characters, Gabe and Ernesto - since their story is just beginning as the film ends - and to follow their later years as middle-aged gay male lovers/partners (?) navigating small-town life. As unlikely as it seems more than 7 years after the first film, I would eagerly return to this story again if there were ever a sequel.
I'm thoroughly enjoying catching up to some lovely films on Amazon Prime as the pandemic waxes and wanes. In recent weeks, I've watched this film ("Pit Stop"), the afore-mentioned "Before the Fall," "God's Own Country," and "Drive Me Home," and enjoyed them all... but "Pit Stop," especially, touched me deeply, and I'm sure I'll be watching it again. Thank you!