Closet Monster (2015)

Closet Monster 2015

US Title:
Closet Monster
Year:
2015
Country:
Canada
Director:
Stephen Dunn


What’s It About?
A gifted high school student struggles to accept himself while battling an abusive father and the demons of a traumatic childhood.

Short Review: 100 Words or Less (no spoilers)
This movie is pretty deep. The script is raw and powerful and explores some intense emotional topics. It’s very well written and it addresses issues of self-acceptance, PTSD, childhood trauma, and dysfunctional families in ways that are both authentic and creative. (There’s a talking hamster voiced by Isabella Rossellini, and even though that may sound totally crazy, it’s very effective in this film.) Connor Jessup gives a strong performance here, playing such a difficult and complicated character. The supporting characters are somewhat one-dimensional, but the story really belongs to Jessup anyway. I liked the ending of this one as well.

Final Grade: B-

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