Beach Rats (15)

Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats
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Eliza Hittman's visually stunning and evocative Sundance hit is a powerful character study of a young man struggling with his family's expectations and his own identity.

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie (Harris Dickinson), an aimless teenager, is trapped by the oppressive glare cast by his family. He escapes his bleak home life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends and flirting with older men online. When his chatting and webcam pursuits intensify, he finally starts hooking up with guys at a nearby cruising beach. At the same time he begins a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.


'Hittman shares something of Claire Denis's gift for finding vulnerability in a chiselled male body and a kind of bruised poetry in the tough-guy swagger of these teenage kids.' The Guardian

US 2017 Dir Eliza Hittman 98 min

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