I’m excited to share Just Past Noon On A Tuesday, written and directed by Travis Matthews, as this week’s Himeros.tv video (full video for members or free trailer). In the short film, two strangers visit the penthouse of a lover who recently died of a drug overdose – but they find themselves learning more about each other.
Much of the film revolves around a drug-fueled sex encounter. And as someone who doesn’t even drink, Just Past Noon On A Tuesday may feel like an unlikely choice. But the film’s larger questions about love, relationships, intimacy and life are universal themes with which all of us can connect.
In particular, I love the line:
“Relationships are built on a kind of mutual pretending that endings don’t exist.”
Who among us hasn’t felt that?
During my last relationship with a beautiful man named Jake, I remember thinking that eventually we’d have a last kiss. That if it were possible, there could be some sort of cosmic kiss countdown of all our kisses. And at some point, whether through us breaking up or inevitable death, the countdown would hit zero. Just to bear the pain, I had to deceive myself into thinking that our kisses – and connection – would last forever.
Eventually, we broke up.
Endings do exist. But by existing, they make our fleeting moments all the more special. We have a limited supply of time, but an unlimited demand for our minutes and hours and days. It’s a classic economic model for predicting value, and it’s one that gives us reason to get up in the morning – and reason to chase after our dreams, our loves and our desires.
And it motivates me to, someday, get a few more kisses from Jake.