abigail’s review published on Letterboxd:
Some really great performances here (particularly from Hedges & Kidman) that are unfortunately obscured by awkward editing.
The flashback narrative style made it really difficult for the film to make any sort of statement. I also felt that the tone was quite uneven, awkwardly jumping between quiet drama & thriller.
The highlight of the film is Hedges & Kidman’s chemistry—their scenes together are absolutely heart wrenching. Hedges gives an excellent performance here, doing everything he can with the subdued & passive role he’s given for most of the film. Kidman is dynamic & endearing as his mother.
And, at the end of the day, though, this movie gets people talking and adds a nuanced perspective to the discussion surrounding conversion therapy, which is (unfortunately) still a conversation we need to keep having. I definitely appreciated how grounded & realistic that setting felt.