Sacrifice follows the love story of James Hunter (Leigh Smith) a humanitarian rights lawyer and Blake Robinson (Jesse Everett), a military officer. The lovers are entering a new phase in their lives together but continue to be torn between their sense of duty and commitment to each other. A traditional love story told from an unseen and unique perspective; one that will capture the hearts of all.
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This profoundly touching short film heartbreakingly shows the scarifices that true love often demands. The actors are magnificent in bringing this story of love, loss and sacrifice to life. Any person who has ever been in love, regardless of sexual orientation, can relate to this film's message.....that relationships are hard work, require total commitment and sacrifices must be made. The actors Leigh Smith, Jesse Everett and Anna Maguire were superb and I can't imagine any other actors playing the characters of James, Blake and Julia. They made me feel all the love, all the joy and all the pain bewteen James and Blake. Although I was moved to tears at the end, it also gave me a feeling of hope that I can not explain.
It is almost impossible to review this short story without being a Spoiler. Suffice it to say, if it were not for the Epilogue, this film would be considered TRITE in the extreme. That final note, coupled with credible and excellent acting as well as the Gay context, are the only particulars that set it somewhat apart from other similarly themed films that have appeared numerous times since WWII.
Very moving story. I just wish I had known how heart breaking it was before I decided to watch it while in the hospital. lol But it makes a beautiful point about LGBTQ people in the military. They make the same sacrifices as the straight and cis people do. They shed the same blood. They deserve the same respect and the same rights.
I understand that this is a tribute to LGBT Australian military who couldn't be open about their sexuality, but don't understand how that would have changed the terrible loss the one partner faced. I found this short film, though very well done, sad and depressing.