Described as “low key but ultimately satisfying” by Variety’s Dennis Harvey, Director Yen Tan’s PIT STOP tells the story of Ernesto (Marcus DeAnda) and Gabe (Bill Heck), who are both entangled in messy relationships.
In a small Texas town, Ernesto is avoiding his current live-in ex-boyfriend by spending as much of his spare time as possible in the hospital with an ailing past love. On the other side of town, Gabe is recovering from an ill-fated affair with a married man, and taking solace in the relationship he maintains with his ex-wife and daughter. Both men make the best of their blue-collar situations, and maintain an unwavering yearning for romance, even while feeling emotionally isolated. Ernesto and Gabe’s stories are told from an observer’s perspective, enabling the viewer to know, just for a short while, what it is like to be an outsider. Neither character ever tries to run away from his monotonous surroundings, but instead fill their lives’ deepest voids with tireless persistence and confidence in the knowledge that they will find love.
Subtle, optimistic, and poetic while still avoiding melodrama, Yen Tan’s PIT STOP is a refreshingly quiet film that explores the complex and often overlooked lives of gay men in small-town America; a movie that will charm the audience with its calming strength.
– Susan Ramirez