I have always found this moment in Aperitivo compelling. Will is unusually and painfully vulnerable with Jack. And, as expected, in order to achieve this level of honesty with Jack, Will must avert his eyes.
Intriguingly, the moment which should lead the audience to a full understanding of Will’s confession is cut: the landing of Will’s middle-distant stare. Had we seen Will lower his eyes, we would have inferred shame – or something like. Had we seen him immediately return his gaze to his work, we would have understood that the confession was merely a statement of fact. And had we seen Will turn to look at Jack, we would have seen Will looking for acceptance or even forgiveness.
As the scene stands, the camera cuts from Will’s face immediately before we see his gaze land. It is an unrequited moment for the audience. Not being certain of Will’s intention has always made me uncomfortable and curious, and, ultimately, envious of Bryan’s mastery of storytelling.