#HOTDOCS: “ACTS OF LOVE”
By George Kozera
When the relationship with his much older male companion rapidly declines, Filmmaker Isidore Bethel returns home to Chicago to emotionally recuperate and to reassess his needs and desires. His solution is to interview and film men that he meets on various gay dating aps to, ostensibly, get varied responses to how they deal with sexual scenarios and personal relationships, much to the chagrin of his mother with whom he has many telephone conversations. It becomes somewhat too apparent that the validity of this undertaking turns into opportunities to have sex with a large number of men and one can’t help but to agree with his mother when she states that this is strictly a vanity project. In a series of scripted and non-scripted scenes, some of which verging on graphic and explicit, ACTS OF LOVE is disjointed and its success relies on whether you find legitimacy in the theme being explored. I did not.