Breaking Fast
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Breaking Fast

Breaking Fast

Breaking Fast Haaz Sleiman plays slightly against type as endearingly neurotic Mo, an observant Muslim doctor Breaking Fast living in West Hollywood, in writer-director Mike Mosallam’s engaging gay romantic comedy Breaking Fast (★★★★☆). Mo marks the handsome Lebanese star’s first romantic lead among a plethora of film and TV roles following his big-screen breakthrough opposite Richard Jenkins in the poignant 2008 drama The Visitor. Paired here with equally easy-on-the-eyes Michael Cassidy, as Kal, the all-American actor who wins Mo over with his sweet disposition and proficient Arabic, Sleiman carries the film with aplomb.

Mo and Kal meet at a birthday party that the shy doctor attends only out of a sense of obligation to his busybody best friend Sam (Amin El Gamal). The fete happens to coincide with the start of Ramadan, which means that regardless of Mo and Kal’s strong mutual attraction, Mo (short for Mohammed) is determined to maintain his religious discipline. There will be no kissing, no cuddling, and definitely no sex. Mo must avoid impure thoughts — a hard stance to take in the face of Kal’s disarming smile. Their courtship, should Kal choose to proceed, will be a chaste one, as they get to know each other over shared evening meals after Mo has spent each day fasting.

Duration: 92 min

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IMDb: 8.4