A Gay Teen Scores A Kiss With His Crush Through Spin The Bottle In This Short Film ‘Turn It Around’

Turn It Around

“Young love is common, but that doesn’t mean it’s not precious.”- Eoin Colfer

Turn It Around’ is a Dutch short film helmed by Niels Bourgonje, an award-winning short film and commercial director who has directed several films such as ‘Buddy’ and ‘Swipe’.

The film bagged several awards including Best Short Film Male at the FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival 2018  and Best Men’s International Short Film at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2018.

It follows Bram, a closeted teenager who goes to a house party and meets a cute boy. What happens when Bram and his crush participate in a game of Spin the Bottle?

The film starts with fifteen-year-old Bram (Valentijn Avé)  anxiously pacing back and forth in front of his wardrobe as he tries on the perfect clothes to wear for a very special night. After trying several tops, he settles for a red checkered button-down and immediately heads outside to ride his bike to his friend’s house party.

Turn It Around

The house is loud and brimming with partying teens and bottomless beers when Bram arrives. He greets his friends, Kevin (Max Berserik) and Hugo (Timo Dries), who immediately ask him about girls. Bram makes a non-commital answer. Hugo tells him to check out Denise (Faye Gunther), the hottest girl at the party and he spots her in the crowd of dancing people. But right behind Denise is a cute guy dancing wildly to the music and for a brief moment, it seems like everything goes in slow motion and sound ceases to exist.

Bram asks Hugo about the guy which initially confuses Hugo. Hugo recognizes who Bram is referring and immediately calls the guy named Floor or Florian (Tonko Bossen) over. Bram consciously fixes his hair as Florian saunters to them. Hugo introduces him as his awesome cousin from Amsterdam. The two shake hands and Bram is smitten.

Moments later, Bram spots a lonesome Florian sitting on the couch. Bram approaches him and sits beside him. Their knees touch but silence envelopes them. A nervous Bram awkwardly inches his hand closer to Florian’s hand resting on top of his own thigh but gets startled by a shout from someone behind them who hollered a homophobic slur to somebody else. That effectively scares Bram who excuses himself to go to the comfort room. 

Once inside the restroom, Bram washes his face to recover from the unnerving encounter and stares at his reflection in the mirror. After gathering himself, he heads out and notices Florian exiting the house. Bram follows him outside and engages Florian in a small talk.

Turn It Around

Florian tells him that it was too crowded which was why he ended up in the garden. The two exchange jokes and Bram asks what Florian was visiting for. Florian answers that he’s going to a concert with Hugo the next day and asks if Bram is going. Bram tells him he didn’t get to secure a ticket which Florian says was too bad. Florian asks him if he wants to see the lineup of the performers, gets closer to him, and shows him his phone. They steal glances from each other until the air between them becomes charged with tension. They break away and Bram asks if Florian wants a beer.

 

Watch ‘Turn It Around’ on GagaOOLala.

Sometime later, Bram notices that his friends have formed a circle and started playing a naughty version of Spin The Bottle, Florian included. Everyone in the game starts kissing each other and Bram gets more jealous the longer the game gets. During Florian’s turn, the bottle lands on Kevin. The group cheers for them to kiss but gets interrupted by Bram who walks to the center and kicks the bottle to join the game. Florian and Bram share a look.

Turn It Around

The game commences with both Florian and Bram earning a few kisses here and there. Bram turns green-eyed over Florian’s kisses as the game progresses. After bagging a kiss from Denise, Hugo asks Florian if he wants to head home after one final round. Upon hearing that Florian is about to leave, Bram snatches the bottle from another girl and claims that he is catching up for a few rounds.

Bram takes a spin and looks up at Florian who’s eyeing him back expectantly. The bottle lands on some girl and the group cheers for them to kiss. Bram, tired of waiting and the anxiety, promptly stands up, stops Florian from leaving, and kisses him right on the lips. The two share a small smile until realization sinks in for Bram. The room is silent and everyone is gobsmacked at what just happened. Hugo, too, is initially shocked but once the truth dawns on him, a smirk finds its way on his face. Bram takes a leap of courage and says he forgot to tell everyone something. 

 

Writer’s thoughts:

Clocking in at only a little less than 10 minutes, ‘Turn It Around’ managed to be a sweet and empowering coming-of-age story of identity, self-acceptance, and young romance.

This writer finds it fascinating and impressive how the young actors captured and embodied yearning and longing so well, especially Bram with the most expressive eyes.

Overall, this film is a pretty cute watch that everyone of all ages will certainly enjoy and relate to. After all, we have all experienced what it felt like to crush on someone and hope we can finally kiss them. This writer is just glad that Bram gathered the courage and confidence to do that in front of his friends. Way to go, kiddo!

Enjoy watching ‘Turn It Around’ on a bigger screen because GagaOOLala is now available to watch on your Smart TVs by downloading the app on Google Play, Amazon App Store, and Roku.

 

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