Thursday, June 22, 7:00 p.m., Roxie Theatre
Beach Rats vividly captures a slice of Frankie’s life, but offers no clues as to his path forward. We just spend an hour and a half wallowing in Frankie’s rut alongside him, wondering whether it will ever get better. Eliza Hittman won a Sundance prize for dramatic directing, which, frankly, I don’t see. I’d rate it as a good film, but not a great film. Still, worth seeing; recommended.
The Frameline program guide has a disclaimer that the film “contains a depiction of homophobic violence,” but honestly it is brief and not at all graphic. The homophobic violence in Alaska is a Drag, which shares the page in the program, was far more graphic and far more disturbing, but didn’t get a disclaimer.
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