Nate Wilson, a nineteen-year-old filmmaker based in Toronto, turns his debut short, Fuck Buddies, from basic, already-explored premise into something more. If this helps, the film owes more to David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, and David Lynch than it does to Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, or Nancy Meyers.
Fuck Buddies delves directly into the discomforts of casually sleeping with your roommate while also casually dating other people. It doesn’t shy away from any image. For example, the male roommate, Joseph, sports an erection as he looks at a picture of his female roommate Ellie’s mother and father. He masturbates as he listens to Ellie sleep with another man. And so on. Every image is ripped either from real life or the warped brain a situation like this creates – and then makes it a reality.
Despite the fact that both actively try to distance themselves from one another, they’re forced together – by a force. They can’t stop. The film explores the personification of what people in this situation say they can’t control – and then what society tells them they shouldn’t control: having a child.
Ultimately, this method of exploration earns the film its right to explore the material itself.