Based on the novel of the same name and set in the early ‘90s, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival's closing film follows high school senior Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz), who is caught in a small town scandal when she’s discovered having a secret relationship with her best friend. Deemed a sinner, Cameron is sent by her conservative aunt and guardian to a Christian conversion therapy camp called Promises. At Promises, Cameron and other queer youth are placed in the care of the brother-sister team, Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and Reverend Rick Marsh (John Gallagher Jr). The Marsh siblings control every aspect of the youth’s lives in an attempt to “correct” their “inappropriate gendered behaviour.” But independent-minded Cameron remains defiant to their efforts to re-educate her. Instead, she forms a close bond in particular with the sarcastic and rebellious duo of Jane Fonda (Sasha Lane) and Adam Red Eagle (Forrest Goodluck). Their friendship becomes the heart of a highly nuanced story of discovery, rage, heartbreak, joy, and clear determination.
This stunning sophomore feature from Desiree Akhavan (whose debut, Appropriate Behaviour, screened at the Festival in 2014) is sure to mark Akhavan’s place as one of cinema’s most talented queer directors. The film won the 2018 Grand Jury Prize for US Drama at Sundance, the festival’s highest honour.
This film is rated 14A.