Beach Rats (2017)

Beach Rats
Director: Eliza Hittman
Writer: Eliza Hittman
Cast: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate HodgeNeal Huff
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 21.10.2017

Summer is hot and long. Getting away from his oppressive family environment, Frankie (Harris Dickinson) spends it hanging around with his rough group of friends and flirting with Simone (Madeline Weinstein). When he’s alone, he uses the internet to meet and sleep with older men. These two parts of his life are strictly separated as Frankie tries to figure out who he is and where he belongs.

Beach Rats is not a bad film, but I didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would. It stays a little too much on well-established grounds for its own good.

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Lovesong (2016)

Director: So Yong Kim
Writer: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray
Cast: Riley KeoughJena MaloneCary Joji FukunagaJessie Ok GraySky Ok GrayNeal HuffRyan EggoldMarshall ChapmanBrooklyn DeckerAmy SeimetzRosanna Arquette
Part of: identities Festival
Seen on: 9.6.2017

Sarah (Riley Keough) has been best friends with Mindy (Jena Malone) since about forever. But with adulthood, their ways have separated a bit. Sarah is married to Dean (Cary Joji Fukunaga) and has a small daughter Jessie (Jessie Ok Gray), while Mindy lives a wilder life. But when Sarah and Mindy reconnect and go on an impromptu road trip, their relationship starts to change.

I enjoyed Lovesong the longest time, despite a couple of issues here and there. But the ending left me disappointed and a little bitter.


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