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Akron 12 rating

Two young men meet on the sports field and fall in love. But there’s a family secret which resurfaces and threatens to tear them apart.

Romance 2015 88 mins

Director: Brian O'Donnell and Sasha King


Benny and Christopher are first year students at their local university in Akron, Ohio. When they meet on the sports field they discover a shared passion – for each other. The thrill of a blossoming romance soon develops into a steady relationship. Christopher’s parents are supportive and everything is going well, until a spring break trip to Miami to see Benny’s mother uncovers a tragedy that involved their two families almost a generation earlier. The shock of the revelation drives the boys apart, as each retreats to the comfort of their own family. Can this unfortunate shared history really destroy their burgeoning love?

Brian O’Donnell’s resonant portrait of new love develops into a high-octane drama with a beguilingly powerful emotional kick. Young leads Matthew Frias and Edmund Donovan carry the drama with ease and the film evocatively captures their highs and lows, as well as the world around them.