Each scene in this provocative film is a piece of art. Albert is an older gay man, an artist whose life has been full and intense. His introduction to a friend's gay grandson, Ben, in order to provide therapy sessions, is at first curious - a collision of two worlds, generations, viewpoints, and cultures. But it evolves, much like the paintings in Albert's studios, to become a layered, rich relationship.
Ben is lost in self-diagnosed depression, cynicism, and an obsession with youth. Abandoned and lonely, he seems inexplicably drawn to Albert's odd, fascinating mysticism and world-weariness. The therapy sessions become ever longer as the two of them learn about themselves through each other.
As Ben begins to understand himself a little better thanks to Albert's hyper self-awareness, he realises there is more to life than his small circle and the youth he adores, and begins to heal his deep sorrow.
With exquisite cinematography, captivating themes, and a fresh insight into Scottish life, Seat in Shadow will show you love, acceptance, and a break from some of the usual prejudices of gay tales of love.
"Undeniably funny and smart throughout." – Flick Feast
"A dizzying and bold arthouse trip." – Filmwot
Screens with short film: These C*cksucking Tears