Darker Than Midnight

Darker Than Midnight ★★★½

Davide is a 14-year old Italian pretty boy whose macho father and loving, but weak, mother make his life hell. He runs away and hooks up with a society of hustlers and drag queens, living on the streets of Catania. That's the set-up for this vivid slice of modern Italian life which recalls early Fellini stylistically. The film isn't fun to watch and pulls no punches in its depiction of an abused gay kid. The wide-screen production values are quite high; and first time actor Davide Capone is a true find in the lead role.