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1:54 | Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017
February 22, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm UTC+11
1:54 | Wed 22 Feb 6.15pm, Event Cinemas George St | TIX: bit.ly/2iJ4Hg2
Antoine Olivier Pilon, star of Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, winner of the 2014 Cannes Grand Jury Prize, delivers another outstanding performance playing closeted teenager, Tim.
Tim’s last five years have been incredibly tough, and it’s not about to get easier. He is constantly harassed by bullies at high school and on the internet, and his greatest fear is that the secret of his sexuality will get out. To make matters worse, he has to watch his best friend pushed over the limit by the same bullies. In a world where it feels impossible to be himself, how can Tim find acceptance and redemption?
As a gifted runner, he can relieve some of the pressure on the track, and finally stop feeling like a loser. Gaining some support from a new friend, his father, and his coach he starts to make progress. Yet, this remains a painfully realistic film, and one that is fearless about portraying the toll that extreme emotional stress can have on a young life.
Stylistically polished, with elegant photography and great music, the stillness and power of this film will shake you to the core. Oscar-nominated director Yan England has crafted a must-see film.
“Packs a powerful punch, in large part thanks to Pilon’s nuanced performance.” – Montreal Gazzette
“It plunges the viewer into a world that is hardly accessible to the adults who surround the students, even if they are devoted parents, accomplished pedagogues or specialists of all kinds. There lies undoubtedly the strength of this film.” – La Press.ca
Contians bullying and sucide themes
Presented with: Canada 150