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Film: If Desmondo Ray’s video dating doesn’t melt you, nothing will, you monster

Desmondo Ray, aged 33 years and 3/4, enjoys peeing in the rain, altering offensive graffiti, collecting memorabilia, listening to sad music while having happy thoughts and watching old family footage, while his dislikes include the smell of burnt hair and magicians. Sound like somebody you want to know? If so that works out well, as he is (cue said voice) “Lonely, with love to give.”

Steve Baker’s adorable animation, which combines live action with an animated short, paints a heart-wrenching but light-hearted portrait of Desmondo whose child-like voice, hunched up posture and pleasure in doing the simple things will undoubtedly tug on the heart-strings of any non-stone-hearted human being. And by “tug on the heart strings,” I mean you might cry a bit. Just a little. Like less than you did at Bambi, but more than in Finding Nemo.

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Steve Baker: The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4

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Steve Baker: The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4

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Steve Baker: The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4

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Steve Baker: The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4