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Eban, a former high school soccer coach, reluctantly falls for Charley, a schoolboy half his age, after returning to his hometown on the Oregon coast. James Bolton's debut feature, shot on digital video with handheld cameras, shows how a friendship can blossom despite age differences: Eban and Charley's tender relationship is more puppy love than pedophilia as they play guitar, read poetry, and bathe together. Their idyll is threatened by exposure—as it turns out, Eban lost his coaching job after sleeping with a minor—and one of the film's most poignant moments comes when he and his father discuss his compulsive attraction to young boys. Judy Irola's probing cinematography enhances the directness and intimacy of that scene and the rest of the film as well. 88 min.

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