‘Cowboys’ review – Anna Kerrigan’s genre-bending debut is all about raising a queer child

There is something alarmingly earnest about Anna Kerrigan’s debut feature outing Cowboys. How would one, a conservative parent, react when his/her child turns out to be gender-nonconforming. We are talking about a child, not a teenager facing the so-called hormonal fluctuations. The mom is in denial and the dad attempts […]

‘Summer of 85’ review – François Ozon’s queer romance leaves a distinct sense of déjà vu

Seconds into François Ozon’s Summer of 85, the cat is let out of the bag. Teenager Alexis alias Alex (Félix Lefebvre) – the protagonist and the narrator – is in trouble linking to the death of someone close, presumably his lover. New to Normandy, Alex is capsized while sailing in […]

‘Cicada’ review – a personal story that lovingly embraces its characters

It is fascinating when cinema dares to emotionally bare its protagonists. In directors Matthew Fifer and Kieran Mulcare independent fare Cicada, we are invited to the broken world of Ben (Fifer). The young queer Caucasian man with dreamboat looks by his side might look as regular as any person with […]

‘The Girl Who Left Home’ review – an emotionally potent musical melodrama

Performing arts, food, entrepreneurship, and a semi-dysfunctional family. How do you link them all smoothly? If you quiz director Mallorie Ortega on this, she might suggest that you read the screenplay of her latest film The Girl Who Left Home. Set in the suburban United States, Orgeta’s musical dramedy is […]