The bonds we forge with others, our capacity to love and to be loved, define the value of our experience. People can be guarded and so at times we forget how vital opening one’s self to others can be. We’re Still Together states time and again that the reward of meaningful interactions, of love, is worth the risk of vulnerability, of looking silly, of getting hurt.
The film has at its center a young man who puts love out into the world and in return is met with ridicule and scorn. Chris is too eager, too honest; his earnestness is met with a cynical scoff, or worse, verbal and physical abuse. His appearance – his weight issue – makes people turn away. In spite of all this Chris forges on, putting his best foot forward. Then Chris meets Bobby. In Bobby Chris finds a person who makes it up as he goes along and while this is exciting, thrilling to be around, Chris soon sees the backlash of Bobby’s behavior, the alienation it brings, the pain it causes others.
We’re Still Together is in every sense a family affair. I wrote the role of Bobby for my brother Joey Klein who is an actor and filmmaker. Collaborating with family and friends –Chris’s Jesse Camacho is also a close friend – lends a level of intimacy to the world that would otherwise be unavailable. I populate the world of my film with those I have love and compassion for and I believe that translates onscreen.
The juxtaposition of these two men, the polarity of their sensibilities, reinforce the power that relationships have for us. Even though they meet that evening and spend only one night together, both have a profound effect on the other. We’re Still Together shows us as we really are: scared, defensive, lonely but trying to be generous, strong, loving. It is through the exploration, the acceptance, the embracing of others that we come to truly know ourselves.