Chris Narloch, Outword Magazine
Brad Craddock, ImageOut
Raymond Murray, QFest
by Brad Craddock (10/08/2011)
For Morgan (Leo Minaya, How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer) winning is everything. But sometimes we make bad decisions and need to live with the consequences. During the epic New York Haven bike race, Morgan suffers a catastrophic accident that leaves him paralyzed from the waist down. Even after his external wounds heal, things are really looking bleak. He has lost his job, the physical ability to race, and, unbelievably, his boyfriend left him during recovery. Left lonely and struggling with the fact that there are some things he can’t physically do anymore, Morgan must learn to take care of himself, struggling with the most ordinary day-to-day tasks to recover his sense of personal worth.
Soon Morgan meets and begins dating Dean Kagen (film newcomer Jack Kesy), a real estate agent who is trying to find himself after taking care of his sick mother. As Dean and Morgan learn about each other and begin to deepen their relationship, they also begin to open up about their true feelings and face their own personal fears, attempting to heal the wounds of their past. Under Dean’s influence and encouragement, Morgan finds new inspiration to pull his life back together. He buys a new set of “wheels” and enters the handicapped division of the New York Haven bike race. With Dean’s help, Morgan begins serious training, but now he must confront his own limitations and learn that sometimes personal best is already a true victory.
Morgan, lovingly and sensitively directed by Michael Akers (ImageOut 2003 official selection Gone, But Not Forgotten), is a heartwarming testimony of the strength of the enduring human spirit.