Director: Eliza Hittman
Cast: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge
Country of Origin: USA 2017 95 mins. (15)
Released by Peccadillo Pictures
Eliza Hittman’s Sundance award winning BEACH RATS is the acclaimed follow up to her directorial debut IT FELT LIKE LOVE. The raw, exquisitely crafted, uncompromising drama stars newcomer Harris Dickinson as the smouldering intense Frankie, a troubled teen cogitating his sexual identity, in the break out performance of the year.
Frankie, an aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn, is having a miserable summer. With his father dying and his mother wanting him to find a girlfriend, Frankie escapes the bleakness of his home life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends and flirting with older men online. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he finally starts hooking up with guys at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.