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Beach Rats (2017)

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There’s considerable buzz about this film, mostly due to Brit newcomer Harris Dickinson’s breakout role.  Dickinson plays Frankie, an aimless Brooklynite (his accent his flawless) in his late teens who likes hanging out with his delinquent friends, doing drugs, and surfing gay chat rooms, with a preference for older men.  Frankie has an uneasy relationship with his girlfriend, played by Madeline Weinstein.   Harris’s performance is extraordinary: broody, poignant and with emotional truth.  Frankie’s vulnerabilities and insecurities are conveyed through observational, nonverbal moments.  There are comparisons to James Dean.  I found similarities to Daniel Day-Lewis’s star-making turn in the great gay coming of age film My Beautiful Launderette, from 1985.  

 

Writer/Director Eliza Hittman creates a lyrical snapshot of a youth subculture.  Beach Rats is shot in hypnotic 16mm by Cinematographer Hélène Louvart

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There’s considerable buzz about this film, mostly due to Brit newcomer Harris Dickinson’s breakout role.  Dickinson plays Frankie, an aimless Brooklynite (his accent his flawless) in his late teens who likes hanging out with his delinquent friends, doing drugs, and surfing gay chat rooms, with a preference for older men.  Frankie has an uneasy relationship with his girlfriend, played by Madeline Weinstein.   Harris’s performance is extraordinary: broody, poignant and with emotional truth.  Frankie’s vulnerabilities and insecurities are conveyed through observational, nonverbal moments.  There are comparisons to James Dean.  I found similarities to Daniel Day-Lewis’s star-making turn in the great gay coming of age film My Beautiful Launderette, from 1985.  

 

Writer/Director Eliza Hittman creates a lyrical snapshot of a youth subculture.  Beach Rats is shot in hypnotic 16mm by Cinematographer Hélène Louvart

If it is going to be shown in movie theaters, it'll have to be blown up to 35 mm.

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