I began watching the film with mild interest and very quickly was drawninto the quiet intensity of the film. One must avoid any discussion ofspecific plot elements, which would ultimately spoil the experience ofthe film. It is NOT as some have called it, a "Brokeback Mountain"about teenagers. It is different. It is unique. It is beautifulphotographed, sensitively told and atmospheric. I was especiallyimpressed with the performances of Stephan Bender as Nathan and MaxRoeg as Roy. While I had no idea what the exact outcome of the filmwould be, there is a "foreboding" that overshadows the entire story;You get clues along the way that "something is wrong." But the final 20minutes or so will probably really surprise you. There is much moregoing on here that can be easily summarized in a user review or with acatch line that describes the plot's formula. I think it's the type offilm that will provoke a great deal of discussion and it deserved to bereleased on DVD.
Drama / Romance
Drama / Romance
Shy and withdrawn, Nathan (played by Stephan Bender) is new to his school, unusually smart (a grade ahead) and the silent tension at home nearly unbearable. Mom, Dad, and Nathan have moved constantly, town after town, landing, inexplicably, in god-fearing "St. Francesville". Roy (played by the multi-talented Max Roeg), a year older than Nathan, confident and hard-working, drives the bus to their school while a friendship blooms between them into a relationship that is fraught with confusion and yearning. But secrets pick at the relationship, the unspoken rules of their angst-driven interactions unravel as Nathan's world again comes crashing inwards. Tension crescendos as shame and terror, stress and disaster all compete to immobilize and destroy both of their worlds.
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