A sex and drug addicted young man who is forced into a Christian-run ministry in an attempt to cure him of his "gay affliction", where instead he is faced with the truth in his heart and spirit.

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Trey
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David Petruzzi ...
Dustin
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Jude
Colin Jones ...
Randall
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Ted
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Gayle
William Dennis Hurley ...
Bill
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Scott
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Lester
Ross Kelly ...
Adam
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Clerk
Paul Scallan ...
Paul
Carmen Morales ...
Lydia
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Dr. Wilson
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A sex and drug addicted young man who is forced into a Christian-run ministry in an attempt to cure him of his "gay affliction", where instead he is faced with the truth in his heart and spirit.

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15 October 2009 (France)  »

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Spasi me  »

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$6,992 (USA) (7 September 2008)

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$82,369 (USA) (21 December 2008)
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Performed by Shawn Colvin
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Deeply moving without the need to pull heartstrings
17 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

Interesting that this 2007 film is only now getting the recognition it deserves (a 2009 GLAAD nomination for Outstanding Film / Limited Release -- see Message Boards). Having never even heard of it when it was released, I just now finished watching it, and was deeply moved by its even-handedness and lack of melodrama. Instead of being a potboiler, Save Me (which indeed could have used some rescuing from the back burner of publicity) gently simmers its characters in a subtle stew of reason and emotion. One might expect the climax of such a film to concern sexuality, but instead it reaches out to encompass the gestalt of human relationship, of being and belonging.

As someone who watches almost no TV, I didn't recognize any of the actors, so I was pleased to discover them in this film. Gant and Allen were fine, Lang was excellent, and Judith Light was an absolute phenomenon: an astonishing performance of understated depth and nuance. She deserved an Oscar nod. The writing was thoughtful and well-balanced between character interaction and personal introspection (through individual disclosures to an off-screen presence revealed at the end of the film). Production values were superb, given what I assume was a small budget.

Along with exploring the psycho-dynamics of the individuals and their subsequently conflicted relationships, the film places the viewer at a level of detachment which promotes compassion for all of the principals

  • as well as a sense of forgiveness that is Christian in the very best
sense of that word.


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