Screened at festivals worldwide, Retake tells the story of Jonathan (Tuc Watkins), desperate to relive the past, who hires an escort (Devon Graye) to accompany him on a road trip to the Grand Canyon. Los Angeles Times calls Retake "twisted as hell."
With a seductive gravitational allure, Retake pulls viewers into a world of love, loss, and intrigue from its opening scenes. Handsome businessman Jonathan (Tuc Watkins) has returned to San Francisco with a mission. He’s on the hunt for a brunette who is “rough around the edges,” temperamental, and scented with just the right cologne.
Cruising the streets of the city, he finds what he’s looking for in a flirtatious young hustler played by Devon Graye, and a bold proposition is made: If this young man agrees to accompany Jonathan on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, he’ll get double his nightly rate, plus $1,000. But, there’s a catch: He has to role-play as someone named “Brandon” for the full ride. Eager to leave his life on the streets, he says yes, and an amorous game of manipulation and obsession commences.
So begins the ambitious, risk-taking first feature by Nick Corporon, a film of romance and brooding suspense, with shades of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. The mystery of the real Brandon haunts the film for its duration. As the role-playing intensifies, the what and the who become captivatingly confused, as lines between fantasy and reality, desire and performance, blur. This is a perverse scenario, for sure, but these are also wayward souls, and their wounded humanity evokes genuine empathy. Grounded in the intimate complexities of authentic human relationships, Retake is a spellbinding journey of heartbreak and self-discovery. -- Curran Nault, QueerCore
Tuc Watkins Devon Graye
Derek Phillips Sydelle Noelle Kit Williamson
Directed by Nick Corporon
Produced by Sean Mandell Collin Brazie Nick Corporon
Screenplay by Nick Corporon
Story by Nick Corporon & Collin Brazie & Justin Oberts & Gareth Dutton
Music by Mike Meehan Costumes by Flora Guilbaut
Production Design by Yikai Wang Edited by Thom Newell
Director of Photography Collin Brazie