Il prossimo film in lingua originale è Boy Erased, in programma al Visionario lunedì 18 marzo e martedì 19 ore 20.10.
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Boy Erased is a 2018 Australian-American biographical drama film based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name. It is written for the screen and directed by Joel Edgerton. The film follows the son of Baptist parents who is forced to take part in a gay conversion therapy program.
Boy Erased received various award nominations, including two Golden Globe Award nominations: Best Actor for Hedges and Best Original Song for “Revelation”.
Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) is the son of Marshall Eamons (Russell Crowe), a successful car dealer and Baptist preacher in Arkansas, and Nancy Eamons (Nicole Kidman), a hairdresser.
Being raised in a small, conservative town, the college-aged Jared is told by almost everyone around him that there is something wrong with him; that he won’t be loved by God unless he beats his homosexual urges. A kindly doctor happens to be the only grown-up who privately tells Jared that he is a perfectly healthy and normal teenage boy. And yet, Jared gets denied his true identity by almost everyone else.
When a sexual assault, the details of which he can’t bear to share with his parents but we learn as part of the film’s flashbacks, forces him to come out to his family, his authoritative father and initially obedient mother register him to a gay conversion therapy assessment program run by the impassioned, self-appointed chief therapist Victor Sykes (Joel Edgerton). At the Love in Action facility, the young men and women are told that their sexuality is a choice influenced by poor parenting.
Victor Sykes: Now, I’m going to tell you something that’s going to make you immediately feel a little better. People tell you you can be born gay, that’s not true. You cannot be born a homosexual, this is a lie. Now, I’m a counselor and a pastor, but was I born that way? No. It’s behavioral. It’s a choice.
Sykes instructs them to perform harsh “moral inventories” of themselves and their families and requires them not to tell anyone else about what occurs during the sessions. Jared soon discovers that the therapy has no set end point, and may require him to move into an on-campus home if he fails to convince Sykes that he has become “straight”…
Gary: I’m going to give you some advice. Play the part. Show them it’s working. You’re getting better. Fake it until you make it, right? You don’t want to end up in one of those houses for any length of time. I’ve heard the stories and they’re not good. And that’s where you’re likely going to end up. Sarah’s already there. So, play the part, man. And then, once you’re home, you got to figure out what to do next. If it comes down to it, you may have to walk away from everything, everyone.