Sensitive, somewhat effeminate farm-boy Duncan Mudge can barely cope with grim, since Ma's death even gloomier father Edgar's manly expectations, and seeks comfort in petting a chicken he ... See full summary »
Sensitive, somewhat effeminate farm-boy Duncan Mudge can barely cope with grim, since Ma's death even gloomier father Edgar's manly expectations, and seeks comfort in petting a chicken he associates with his late Ma. Macho mate Perry Foley, who has it physically even harder on his dad's farm, usually comforts Duncan and defends his 'wimpiness' to their cocky ruffian mates Travis, Scotty and Brent. But although clearly attracted to gentle gentile Ducan himself, the socially unacceptable suggestion of 'sissy' homosexuality makes Perry over-react and turn on his friend. Written by
Michael Burke developed the screenplay for the film at a Sundance Labs in 2000. Burke says of inspiration for the film: "Growing up in rural Vermont, I wanted to tell a story about a kid too sensitive for the harsh environment in which he was raised." See more »
A young farm boy (Emile Hirsch) is dealing with his mother's death and a father who acts like he doesn't even exist. He also begins to realize he's gay and attracted to another guy. How does he handle all this at once?
This is basically a character study--very quiet and slow but absolutely fascinating. You really get into this young boy's head and understand the pain he's going through. There are some very disturbing scenes (a rape and the ending) but they ARE necessary for the story. Also there's some beautiful photography and great performances by the entire cast.
Highly recommended but not for everyone.
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