DTF (2020)

What starts out as a story about a widowed pilot looking for love turns into something more concerning in this documentary from director Al Bailey.

Al Bailey has been friends with Swedish pilot “Christian” for many years. He even introduced him to his wife Charlotte, who sadly has passed away. Since then, Christian has been trying to look for love through dating apps such as Tinder. He agrees to let Al follow him around for approximately a year to see if he can find true love. However, along the way, Al discovers something very distraught. Christian has two major addictions: sex and alcohol.

During his trips to Los Angeles, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Las Vegas, Al finds himself concerned and at times, very angry at Christian for his behavior. However, on their final stop Denver, everything comes to a head and this once lasting friendship is at risk of being terminated due to Christian’s addictions and arrogance.

You can’t help but feel bad for director Al Bailey and you kind of feel both a bit sympathetic but more unsympathetic for Christian. At first, you kind of want to root for Christian when he is in Los Angeles. It is totally understandable for his date to be camera shy. And at times, it seems Christian feels Al isn’t listening. That’s before we learn in Mexico, Christian’s true colors are revealed. We learn since the death of his wife, Christian lets his anger out through getting drunk and having too much sex, not caring about the risks.

There are a few subtle moments where we see Christian be a nice guy. For instance, his first trip to Hong Kong goes well as he meets a date and proves to be very respectful towards her. This is the Christian that Al, as well as the audience hopes to continue seeing. However, his second trip to Hong Kong proves to be the downfall of Christian. Getting rejected at every turn, Christian resorts to making himself and Al look horrendously bad and on their trip in Vegas, a prank ends up into a massive argument between Al, Christian, and Al’s cameraman. The final straw comes in Denver, where Al finally grows extremely sick and has to resort to telling Christian how he feels. And the ending proves to have a shocking value in terms of how things end up.

DTF goes from the story of a pilot looking for love to a cry for help, or an arrogant jerk whose addictions clearly has gotten the best of him. You can’t help but feel sorry that filmmaker Bailey had to deal with all this turmoil and have a series of mixed feelings for “Christian”, mostly negative.

WFG RATING: B

Gravitas Ventures presents a Jump Seat Productions film. Director: Al Bailey. Producer: Neal Jeram-Croft. Cinematography: Nathan Codrington. Editing: Al Bailey.

Cast: Al Bailey, Nathan Codrington.

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