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  • Summary: Teddy, a budding novelist, retreats to his professor’s isolated desert home in California to pursue the completion of his first novel. There he meets Leo, a handsome young caretaker who shows Teddy the ropes of desert living. Teddy becomes instantly smitten by Leo’s casual and sexy demeanor. When Teddy seduces Leo one night, hidden layers of who Leo really could be are gradually revealed. Was Leo married? Did Leo’s wife die under mysterious circumstances? And what is the true nature of Leo’s relationship with Crispin, the older gay gentleman who owns and controls the desert house where the two young men frolic? Reminiscent of the cinema of David Lynch and Francois Ozon, this daring and surreal desert noir is sure to thrill cinephiles everywhere. (Two Boots Pioneer Theater) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Sex and psychosis mix in this nice looking, Super-8 psychodrama from Patrick McGuinn, the son of former-Byrd Roger McGuinn.
  2. Reviewed by: Jessica Grose
    The only joy to be extracted from Sun Kissed is voyeuristic: watching Teddy and Leo's taut bodies as they frolic in the sun-drenched surf. To music you like.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Without the songs, the underdeveloped bisexual triangle would seem shapeless. Even with the music, the film is a poorly crafted grab-bag of ideas barely elaborated upon enough to sustain a 20-minute short.
  4. When a movie aspires to be gay pornography but can't even manage that, well, you know you've got a bad movie.
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  1. SteveK.
    Apr 13, 2007
    Held my interest, as a kind of film noir. But definitely overall subpar.