25 Great Gay Sex Scenes Saga – Movie #13: Ciao (2008)

Ciao Cover Image

Title: Ciao

Actors:

Adam Neal Smith… Jeff

Alessandro Calza… Andrea

Director: Yen Tan

The Backlot Rating:

Hotness – 10

Romance – 10

WTFactor – 0

Note: I’d like to point out that this movie officially takes us over the halfway point in our saga.

I’m going to start right off the bat by saying that I adored this movie. Ciao tells the story of two men who meet under tragic circumstances. When his best friend from college, Mark, dies in a car accident, Jeff learns of a secret online relationship that Mark had been having with an Italian named Andrea (the name “Andrew” in Italian). Though initially surprised at the discovery, and possibly a little hurt that Mark had kept it from him, Jeff decides to invite Andrea to keep a visit that both Andrea and Jeff had agreed upon previously. Though Jeff and Andrea only intended to bond over Mark during this trip, feelings develop between the two of them during the two-day visit.

My only real criticism of this movie is the admittance that the acting, though overall decent and endearing, unfortunately fell short of spectacular. It would, by no means, be fair to describe it as mediocre, but there were definitely moments of flat line delivery. I suppose it also didn’t help that certain areas of the script were a bit on the shaky side. It wasn’t so bad, however, that it detracted very much from the film in any significant way. The movie was also quite slow-paced, which I understand is something of a frustration to some people, but I quite enjoyed the pacing, as I felt it ultimately added to the build-up of emotion.

In the matter of emotion, Ciao delivered. Adam Neil Smith did an amazing job with his powerfully believable portrayal of grief. One of the aspects of this movie with which I was most impressed was the fact that, although we were spared witnessing the actual death of Mark, there was such a profound depiction of mourning by Jeff and Andrea that it was easy for us to feel it ourselves. The content of this movie was remarkably sensitive, as it dealt with a complex intermingling of love and romance. However, it was handled so beautifully that we end up rooting for Jeff and Andrea (who effectively really should only be together to mourn a mutual loved one) to wind up together.

I love the fact that this movie was on the list. The Backlot admits that there is no actual sex scene in this movie, despite the title of the list, but the kiss depicted was so long and passionate that it made up for it – and I definitely agree. Regardless, it was a lovely story that (despite its slight flaws in execution) should be enjoyed by all of us. You know what comes next…

Ciao-Touch

Ciao-Kiss-1

Ciao-Kiss-2

Ciao-Kiss-3

Ciao-Cuddle

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