Mark Reay walks the streets of Manhattan looking like a millionaire, wearing designer suits and expensive leather shoes. He seems to be well off, and works in the fashion business. A former model, he is now an active fashion photographer. He is eloquent, charming, and good looking, and obviously has a lot going for him. But while during the day he pursues a ‘normal’ life, late at night he goes to a place where the American Dream has turned into a nightmare.
Homme Less is about the underbelly of the American Dream, the hidden backyard of our society. But it’s also a film about the relationship between New York City and one of its residents. New York is not simply a beautiful backdrop for this story. It is the antagonist that dictates the direction M’s life is going.
Nonfiction films don’t have to be explicitly character-driven, of course, but director Thomas Wirthensohn’s Homme Less is most definitely that, and it benefits from having as its subject a figure who possesses the holy trinity of traits that most documentarians would desire in any interviewee: candor, introspectiveness and the ability to articulate their feelings and desires…. As an unfussy yet poignant portrait of life on the margins, there are few other movies like it this year.
– Brett Simon, Paste Magazine
Directed by Thomas Wirthensohn
Written by Thomas Wirthensohn
Cinematography by Thomas Wirthensohn
Editing by Josh Cramer
Music by Kyle Eastwood and Matt McGuire
Cast: Mark Reay