The Advocate's 18 Favorite Films at Outfest 2013
BY Daniel Reynolds Sunnivie Brydum and Diane Anderson-Minshall
July 11 2013 4:00 AM ET
Monday, July 15, 7 p.m. at DGA 1
Pit Stop is all but destined to evoke inevitable comparisons to Brokeback Mountain. Both films are dramas that feature blue-collar men in the American West, drawn to one another despite the rigid codes of masculinity demanded by their upbringings. Coincidentally, these films also both have Asian-born directors that understand the importance of setting — the mountains, the desert, the dust-covered Texan convenience store — in conjuring the isolation that comes with this code. But whereas the doomed romance of Jack and Ennis is the force that drives its film’s narrative, Pit Stop, which is set in more contemporary times, is unafraid of dwelling in the quiet moments. As its main characters grapple with the trials of their daily lives — Gabe (Bill Heck), a father that lives with his child and ex-wife Shannon (Amy Seimetz), and Ernesto (Marcus DeAnda), a man haunted by one ex-lover that will not leave his house and another in a coma — the viewer comes to acutely feel and understand the loneliness of these characters, which is heightened by the presence of those that once loved, then abandoned them. The main characters only encounter each other toward the end of the film. But the payoff is rich, and the final scene will leave your mind lingering at this Pit Stop for days to come.