Hurt touched on the theme of romance, infidelity and hurt between a gay couple, Chris and Jonathan. Since it is Singaporean-made, you will find several culture specific elements like their Singaporean-English accent and Asian parental expectancy peppered throughout the 11 minutes. The messages from the film about the struggles of coming out to parents, dealing with a partner who has cheated and the dangers of having unprotected sex are quite straight-forward in my opinion.
I’d agree with most of the portrayed messages except for the last bit where it was portrayed as if love should triumph over infidelity of our partners. I do understand that we can choose to be supportive when our romantic partner, cheater or not, experiences some form of grave sexually transmitted infection or illness. However, I find making love as the factor to remain in a relationship with Chris who has not only been disloyal but only opted to let Jonathan know when Chris was diagnosed with something serious to be problematic. If the test results were okay then Jonathan might have not known. Also, in the scene with Jonathan’s mother, Chris revealed about their relationship without any prior discussions with Jonathan, resulting in an uncomfortable confrontation. That was clearly a boundary violation on Chris’s part.
On the technical aspect, I find Jonathan’s character of being a romantic boyfriend to Chris, a frightened child in front of his mother and the distressed boyfriend who found out his partner had cheated was well acted out and natural by Lokies Khan. On the other hand, I feel like Clarence’s portrayal of Chris needs improvement as it seemed unnatural, particularly when he was crying. Lastly, I wasn’t really sure what did the breakfast on the dining table implied? Did Jonathan’s mother prepare that signalling acceptance or did Chris do that as a sign of reconciliation? Let me know if you have any answers.
Genre: Romance, Drama, Short
Type: Short Film
Director: Kieran Cheang & David Liu
Starring: Clarence Lee, Lokies Khan, Thura Nyo, Yu Chun
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