Inside Out 2008: American Gothic
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Inside Out 2008: American Gothic

The Inside Out festival continues today with ten different screenings. One of the more high-profile films in the festival is Savage Grace, the new film from Tom Kalin starring Julianne Moore. Kalin is probably best known for is 1992 film Swoon, based on the infamous Leopold and Loeb murder case. So it should come as no surprise that Savage Grace is based on the real life murder of Barbara Daly Baekeland by her son Antony. Julianne Moore plays the doomed heiress whose increasingly codependent and unhealthy relationship with her gay son culminates in incest and eventually her own death. Moore is outstanding as Barabara, devouring every piece of celluloid she touches and Eddie Redmayne is eerily compelling as her creepy son. The whole piece is quite beautifully shot and well-made in general, but the subject matter has a certain Ick Factor which means the film is definitely not for everyone.
Perhaps more broadly appealing is Dream Boy (pictured), an absolutely stunning new film based on the Jim Grimsley novel of the same name. Dreamy, haunting and with a retro-Americana aesthetic, Dream Boy tells the story of Nathan and Roy, two high school boys who fall in love in a small rural town in the 1970s. While Roy is popular, self-confident and physically strong, Nathan is reclusive and painfully shy as a result of growing up with an abusive father who chronically molests him. It culminates in a tragic camping trip involving a beautiful and scary abandoned plantation house. The performances are all strong, but it is truly the film’s style that governs its success, from its impressive cinematography, to Richard Buckner‘s soundtrack, which is so present in several montages it practically becomes its own character.
On the Downlow, 12:30 p.m. at the ROM
Notes from South Africa, 2:45 p.m. at the ROM
Montréal, mon amour, 3:00 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Mulligans, 5:00 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell, 5:15 p.m. at the ROM
Dream Boy, 7:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Dykes in the City, 7:30 p.m. at the ROM
Passiflora, 7:30 p.m. at Innis Town Hall
The Secrets, 9:45 p.m. at the ROM
Savage Grace, 10:00 p.m. at the Isabel Bader