Where does a gay practicing Muslim fit into the myriad pleasures of West Hollywood life? In writer-director Mike Mosallam’s sweet romantic comedy, Breaking Fast, there are no hard and fast rules.
Mo is out to his family, but fixed in his ideas of how the world should work. “Even a single impure thought will ruin this day’s fast,” he says, irritated during Ramadan. When his lover announces that, for the sake of family harmony, he’s getting married, Mo finds himself single and more lost thanever. Enter Kal, a WeHo hunk who is full of surprises and who just might have what it takes to help Mo rebuild.
This charming feature-length expansion of Mosallam’s much lauded short film (Inside Out 2016) fleshes out the characters’ deeply held emotions,and deftly explores how it feels to be religious in a secular and politicized world.