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Pit Stop (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 21 January 2013 (USA)
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Recovering from an ill-fated affair with a married man, Gabe finds solace in the relationship he maintains with his ex-wife and daughter. On the other side of town, Ernesto evades life at ... See full summary »


Yen Tan


David Lowery, Yen Tan
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bailey Bass Bailey Bass ... Cindy
Marcus DeAnda ... Ernesto
Yesenia Garcia ... Hilda
Bill Heck ... Gabe
Heather Kafka ... Linda
Richard C. Jones ... Chase
Alfredo Maduro Alfredo Maduro ... Luis
Jonny Mars ... Russ
John Merriman ... Winston
Amy Seimetz ... Shannon
Corby Sullivan ... Les
Adi Adi ... Cat
Naila Ahmed Naila Ahmed ... Convenience Store Clerk
Justin Arnold ... Chuck
Charlotte Bass Charlotte Bass ... Elementary School Student


Recovering from an ill-fated affair with a married man, Gabe finds solace in the relationship he maintains with his ex-wife and daughter. On the other side of town, Ernesto evades life at home with his current live-in ex-boyfriend by spending much of his spare time visiting a different, comatose, ex-boyfriend, who was in a recent accident. Impervious to the monotony of their blue-collar world, they maintain an unwavering yearning for romance. The emotional isolation the two men have grown accustomed to is captured in a subtle, optimistic, poetic fashion while avoiding melodrama. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and was also screened at several other film festivals in the US and Canada, including a variety of both traditional and LGBT themed fests. Written by Websurfer / edited by TrivWhiz

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Deep in the Lonely Heart of Texas
22 February 2014 | by Spectator88See all my reviews

Pit Stop is a wonderful new film from director Yen Tan. It is the story of two mid-thirtyish gay men, Gabe and Ernesto, living separate but not totally dissimilar low key working class lives in the same Texan small town. Separately each man is yearning for love and emotional fulfillment while respectively struggling with his daily life and relationships. The focus is on Gabe and Ernesto but everyone in the film is a real person with a story to tell. All are portrayed in a thoughtful and empathetic way with no one casually discarded for the sake of storytelling expediency. This is a true character study of people finding their way in life and love and one cares about what will happen to them.

Gabe is divorced but trying to sustain his family for the sake of his young daughter. He has recently been rejected by a male lover who is married and now moved away. Ernesto is trying to end a two year relationship that has fallen apart and has no future. At the same time he is dutifully visiting a previous lover who lies comatose in a convalescent home following a car accident. Both men want more but their personal situations and the small town environment constrain them from being who they are and achieving the love and intimacy they long for and deserve. Both men still want to be wanted.

The film is beautifully made and the ensemble cast, led by Bill Heck as Gabe and Marcus DeAnda as Ernesto, is top notch. Pit Stop is a moving film that deserves a wide audience. Fans of Tan's earlier film, Ciao, will particularly like Pit Stop.

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