Review: Wasp

Wasp is the first feature length film by Philippe Audi-Dorr. Set against the serene, hot summer backdrop of Southern France this menage à trios blisters into view providing a refreshing look at gay relationships, friendship and trust.

Olivier and James head to the former’s parents’ house for a romantic break but things don’t go to plan. James invites Caroline to join them taking pity on her as she had just broken up with her boyfriend. However, maybe James’s pity is misplaced when Caroline turns her attention to his boyfriend.

The challenge for Wasp is not budgetary or even that it is a gay film without explicit sex; it is that there are only 3 actors. Three characters works well in the theatre where less is more however on screen it is difficult but that is not to say impossible. One film where this worked well is Conversations With Other Women equally on a low budget but the dialogue was incredible as was the way it unfolded without forgetting it had Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart in the principal roles. There is also The Disappearance of Alice Creed that also had just three characters so it is possible to have an engaging film with just three actors. However, this film felt as if it needed a little more. It almost felt like it had been written for the theatre and adapted. Either it should have been longer or shorter.

Having said all that; the premise is a good one. It was refreshing to see a female character not shown as snivelling wreck. The exploration of sexual identity, as well as what must be the ultimate taboo being invited into someone’s house and attempting to take what should never be yours: your gay best friend’s man.

Wasp was shown at the Raindance Film Festival 2015 and is now available on dvd.

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