WIFF | FILMS

BEACH RATS

Review

Director:

Eliza Hittman

Genre:

Drama

Country:

USA

Rated:

14A

Year:

2017

Language:

English

Runtime:

95 Minutes

Description:

Frankie, an aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn, is having a miserable summer, suffocating under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends.  With his father dying and his mother wanting him to find a girlfriend, Frankie escapes the bleakness of his home life by causing trouble with his friends and flirting with older men online. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he finally starts hooking up with guys at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences. A powerful character study that is as visually stunning as it is evocative

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