Drama

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    91 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Drama
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    Synopsis

    Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.)—himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured”—the center is built upon repenting for “same sex attraction.” In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane), and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit, Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.

    A FilmRise Release, in association with Beachside Films and Parkville Pictures.

    Director: Desiree Akhavan
    Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle
  • Close-Knit

    Karera ga honki de amu toki wa

    127 mins PG Japan
    Language: Japanese Subtitles: English
    Genre: Drama
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    Synopsis

    One spring Hiromi, who is the mother of an 11-year-old girl Tomo, left home for the umpteenth time. Tomo is accustomed to such a mother and as always went to Makio's place. He is a brother of Hiromi and has lived with Rinko, a pretty girlfriend. Actually, Rinko is a transwoman. She works as a caregiver in a nursing home where Makio's mother Sayuri who suffers from dementia is living. Rinko makes a delicious meal and sometimes cuddles Tomo.

    She is a little confused, but Tomo, Rinko and Makio start to live a life together. One day Rinko teaches Tomo to knit to control her temper. Rinko was also taught by her mother at the age of puberty when she struggled with her sexuality. A daughter neglected by her mother. A gentle uncle and his transgender lover. An angsty boy who recognizes a sense of himself as a gay - A warm "knitting" reorganizes unconventional family.

    Director: Naoko Ogigami
    Cast: Tôma Ikuta, Mugi Kadowaki, Kenta Kiritani
  • Boy Culture

    88 mins unrated France
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama Romance
    Gay
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    Synopsis

    Boy Culture is the candid confessions of "X", a wildly successful male escort who describes his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates—one of whom he's in love with—and an enigmatic older client who challenges him to find his heart before he will consent to sex.

    Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Matthew Rettenmund, the film takes on issues of sexual mores and emotional risk with a witty and incisive voice, revealing the leap of faith that love demands. 

    Director: Q. Allan Brocka
  • Rafiki

    Friend

    83 mins 14+ Kenya
    Language: Swahili Subtitles: English
    Genre: Drama
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    Synopsis

    Between receiving a standing ovation at Cannes and being banned in its home country for its positive representation of lesbian women, Rafiki has secured its place in cinema history as a brave and beautiful depiction of queer life in Kenya.

    Growing up in a culture that believes “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”, teenagers Kena and Ziki share a dream of making more for themselves. Despite a political rivalry between their families they manage to grow that shared dream into a deep friendship. However, when they can no longer ignore the fact that their relationship has blossomed into love, the two young women are forced to choose between happiness and their own safety.

    Born in a nation where no constitutional protections exist for LGBT people, Rafiki is a shining example of what is possible when artists take remarkable risks.

    Director: Wanuri Kahiu
    Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji & more
  • Boy Erased

    115 mins R Australia
    Language: English
    Genre: Biography Drama
    Gay
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    Synopsis

    The teenaged son of a Baptist pastor is forced into a gay-conversion program by his parents, in actor-director Joel Edgerton’s emotive drama starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges.

    Everyone wants to belong — but what good is belonging if you can't be yourself? Starring Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (also at the Festival in Mid90s and Ben is Back) and Oscar winners Nicole Kidman (at the Festival in Destroyer) and Russell Crowe, actor Joel Edgerton's second feature as writer-director plunges us into the cloistered world of conversion therapy and tracks a young man's uphill journey from ostracization toward self-acceptance.

    Jared (Hedges) belongs to a loving middle-class Arkansas family, with his mother, Nancy (Kidman), and Baptist minister father, Marshall (Crowe). Jared gets good grades, plays basketball, and is in a steady — but chaste — relationship with a girl from school. Everything in his life is going according to plan, until a college friend outs Jared as gay.

    Surprised, but attempting to be supportive in their own way, Jared's parents send him to Refuge, a church-supported program predicated on the notion that homosexuality is an affliction, curable through confession, and the reinforcement of gender stereotypes. Overseen by Victor Sykes (Edgerton, in a superbly cagey performance), the program's bullying and bigotry fosters an environment that is anything but a refuge. Though Jared begins the program desperate to be healed, he begins to wonder if it's really others who need healing.

    Boy Erased, which is based on Garrard Conley's eponymous memoir, doesn't take potshots at religious conservatives. Bolstered by uniformly superlative performances — including memorable supporting turns from Flea and Xavier Dolan — the film considers what it means to reconcile one's upbringing with one's own self-respect and moral truths. In so doing, Edgerton contributes to a larger conversation that might help heal us all.

    Director: Joel Edgerton
    Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton
  • Tell it to the Bees

    106 mins unrated UK
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama
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    Synopsis

    Love has a way of finding us when we least expect it. Directed by Annabel Jankel, this tender period drama, set in small-town, postwar Scotland, depicts the emergence of a love that while rescuing two women from isolation, also places them in danger.

    Abandoned by her philandering husband, Lydia (Holliday Grainger) is in an increasingly desperate situation: emotional turmoil aside, her earnings from factory work are not sufficient to pay the rent. Lydia’s son, Charlie (Gregor Selkirk), meanwhile, is getting bullied at school. Injuries from one such altercation send him to Dr. Jean Markham (Academy Award winner Anna Paquin), who has recently returned to town and found the welcome lukewarm. Charlie is curious about the bee colonies Jean maintains in her yard and the two form a bond. Bees, Jean explains, make an excellent repository for one’s secrets. When Lydia and Charlie are evicted, Jean invites them to stay in her home, an act of generosity that raises eyebrows throughout the village. Lydia soon learns why Jean is regarded with hostility — and she begins to see something in the kind doctor that takes her by surprise. Based on the novel by Fiona Shaw, Tell It To The Bees is a story of courage in the face of terrifying intolerance.

    Love comes in myriad forms here: romantic love, the love between parent and child, the vocational love that a caregiver feels for their community – even when that community turns on her. Beautiful to look at, suspenseful, sexy, and deeply touching, Jankel’s film remind us that opening our hearts to the possibility of love can be reward enough.

    – Synopsis written by Kerri Craddock, Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF

    Director: Annabel Jankel
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