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Portrait of a Couple is a 2008 dramatic short film about Ryan (Ryan Christiansen), an ambitious and high-strung young man. Ryan is just about to leave the bustle of New York to move to Spain with his boyfriend, Manuel (Kairon John). As the two pack up their suitcases and prepare to move all their belongings to a new country, Ryan receives unexpected and devastating news. He has just heard from a man he dated in the past. It turns out that his former lover is HIV positive. As Ryan tries to absorb the implications of this news, he is not sure how to talk to Manuel about his worries. He does not want to create a dark cloud over their move or threaten his happiness and stability with his current partner. In his anger and frustration, Ryan sparks a fight between himself and Manuel. It soon becomes clear that the two will have to be honest or suffer the consequences.