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In Matthew Fifer and Kieran Mulcare’s impressive feature debut a young man has to face up to past traumas as he embarks on a new relationship.
Ben (Fifer), an introspective bisexual has been drifting from one casual encounter to the next when he meets Sam, a handsome stranger. Their immediate, intense connection hints at the possibility a more substantial relationship. But the more time they spend in each other’s company, the more both realise they need to come to terms with ghosts from the past before they can move forward together.
Based on personal experience, Fifer and Mulcare’s film is an articulate and richly textured drama. Tackling complex issues with sensitivity and an uncompromising honesty, it’s aided in no small part by Fifer’s impressive performance, along with co-writer Sheldon D. Brown, who plays Sam. Echoing the spirit of both Andrew Haigh’s Weekend and Ira Sachs’ Keep the Lights On, Cicada is a moving portrait of modern relationships.