Tom (up-and-coming Israeli actor Yoav Keren) is a handsome, quick-witted gay eighteen-year-old man in Tel Aviv who knows what he wants. By day he is a theatre studies student and by night a pizza delivery boy, Tom is grasping life, opportunities, and men as they occur. His best friend Gilad (Mendi Barsheshet) is a straight ex-marine fitness influencer and fellow theatre studies student. Tom also hangs out with Rami (Gal Amitai), a sexy thirty-something fashion photographer who likes to shoot Tom naked and dancing, who is keen on a relationship with Tom. Tom, however, is secretly keener on a romantic relationship with Gilad, even though he’s straight.
One day Tom’s dad sees some content on Tom’s phone and kicks him out of the house for being gay. Shortly after, Tom loses his pizza delivery job, and very quickly his charmed life spirals downwards.
Like Me is Director Eyal Kantor’s first feature-length film. Star Yoav Keren also produced and edited the film. The underlying plot is interesting, and the main theme of all the characters somewhat manipulating and using each other for personal gain is very relevant for today. The cast and soundtrack are also strong. The film, however, suffers from a poor script, pedestrian cinematography, and somewhat lackluster direction, including various rather unnecessary dance scenes. Keep an eye out for Yoav Keren though.
Queerguru’s Contributing Editor Ris Fatah is a successful fashion/luxury business consultant (when he can be bothered) who divides and wastes his time between London and Ibiza. He is a lover of all things queer, feminist, and human rights in general. @ris.fatah