Pit Stop

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"Two men. A small town. A love that isn't quite out of reach."
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 1 hr 21 min
  • 6.0  (1,881)

Pit Stop is a thought-provoking drama film directed by Yen Tan, released in 2013. The movie revolves around themes of loss, grief, love and human relationships. It tells the story of two men who are trying to rebuild their lives in a small Texas town after a major personal setback. The story begins with a striking opening shot of tracks where the train passes by. We are introduced to Gabe (Marcus DeAnda), a former truck driver who had a tragic accident, leaving his partner dead and himself paralyzed from the waist down. Now, he spends his days living with his sister and caring for his young daughter. On the other hand, there's Ernesto (Yesenia Garcia), a gentle-natured, yet reserved mechanic who has recently ended his long-term relationship with his girlfriend.

Gabe is struggling to find a way to come to terms with his injury and his shattered dreams of being a truck driver. He is constantly reminded of his loss and is haunted both physically and mentally by the accident. Ernesto is trying to figure out his place in the world after his failed relationship, and how to move on.

Their paths cross at a local arm-wrestling competition where they strike up a conversation. They start spending more time together, working on Gabe's truck and eventually discovering a mutual attraction for one another. The two men find a new sense of hope and love in each other's company, offering each other the emotional support they need to heal from their past woes.

The film doesn't sensationalize their relationship, instead, it depicts it with a subtle and realistic approach, focusing less on the physical aspect of their romance and more on the emotional and psychological bonds that are formed between them.

The film's approach on their relationship is matched by the understated performances of both the leads. Marcus DeAnda delivers a powerful performance as the troubled Gabe, portraying intense emotions that range from anger, frustration, pain, and finally, hope. Yesenia Garcia plays the role of Ernesto with ease, conveying his serenity and ease, perfectly underlining his kindness and compassion.

In addition to the romance, Pit Stop also delves deeper into the lives of its characters, offering a heartbreaking look at how grief and loss affect their lives. The film shows how loss is an ever-present emotion in our lives and that it is something that we move through but never really get over completely. It offers a sense of realism that is rarely seen in contemporary LGBTQ+ cinema.

The cinematography of the movie is stunning, capturing the scenic beauty of the Texan countryside and the rural settings that the characters live in. The visuals establish an evocative sense of atmosphere and environment that meshes perfectly with the mood and tone of the story.

In closing, Pit Stop is an empathetic portrayal of human characters searching for hope and refuge in life's messiness. It draws the viewer in with its authentic characters and situations, delivering an emotional journey that will leave an impact on anyone who watches it. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in LGBTQ+ cinema and intimate small-town tales with a touch of sadness and bittersweetness.

Pit Stop is a 2013 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 21 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

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    1 hr 21 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (1,881)