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Save Me (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 15 October 2009 (France)
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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Robert Cary

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Robert Desiderio (screenplay), Craig Chester (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Glazer ... Trey
Chad Allen ... Mark
David Petruzzi David Petruzzi ... Dustin
Arron Shiver ... Jude
Colin Jones Colin Jones ... Randall
Stephen Lang ... Ted
Judith Light ... Gayle
William Dennis Hurley ... Bill
Robert Gant ... Scott
Robert Baker ... Lester
Ross Kelly Ross Kelly ... Adam
Luce Rains ... Clerk
Paul Scallan Paul Scallan ... Paul
Carmen Morales Carmen Morales ... Lydia
Forrest Fyre ... 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Spasi me See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,992, 7 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,369, 21 December 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Deeply moving without the need to pull heartstrings
17 March 2009 | by polyprufrockSee 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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