Cut Sleeve Boys


There’s a lot to like in writer-director Ray Yeung’s low-key romantic comedy, once you get past its overly enunciated identity issues. After the sudden death of their best friend Gavin, a computer technician with closeted dreams of fashion design, Ash (Chowee Leow) and Mel (Steven Lim) are forced to confront their own anxieties about aging and loneliness after years of riding high (literally and figuratively) on London’s beauty-, youth- and pleasure-obsessed gay scene. While Ash explores his tranny side in a last-ditch search for Mr. Right, scene queen Mel gives monogamy a go. Yeung handles their parallel journeys of self-discovery with humor, grace, and an occasionally heavy hand.