Solid story-telling. Ethan Hawke was terrific.
This film succeeded in subverting my expectations of what a gay, coming-of-age story is usually like. It manages to avoid tired romantic tropes, choosing instead to focus on friendship. The relationship the boys has with their teacher reminded me of John Keating's relationship with his students in Dead Poet's Society except here it is the teacher that ends up being inspired by the boys.
Andrew Scott is as always a treat!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I really liked the location of where this film took place - the architecture, the canals, the wide walkways. I've actually seen this place before. Took me awhile to realised it's Thamesmead, the same place Misfits (2009) tv show was filmed in. That was a nice surprise.
Linda Henry's lines were incredibly funny. But the scene that had me in bits was when Tony was backing up his VW without noticing that behind him was a lady walking her dog…