- 21 Jul 17
The film won the directing award for drama at the prestigious festival.
Beach Rats looks to be a film full of surprises. It's set in Brooklyn yet there the location is seaside grime instead of metropolitan grit . It's american film yet its main star is British. It's takes place in the hyper-masculine world of of pure machismo that cliques of teenage boys often preside in yet it explores the burgeoning gay desires of its protagonist.
The trailer for the film came out today and by most account its moving work that delves into the fragile psychology of Frankie, played by 19 year old Harris Dickinson. Frankie is eager to escape the humdrum black hole that is his home life as he tries to balance having a girlfriend with homosexual urges that drive him to the comfort of older men.
If you're an eagle eyed viewer and a fan of french new wave cinema, you might even notice a reference to Truffaut's 400 blows with our young hero looking straight into the camera with the endless void of the sea behind him. Eliza Hittman won the directors award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where Beach Rats had it's premiere.
Watch the trailer below: