BOY ERASED (M)
DISAVOW OR DISAPPEAR, US, 114 MIN
This fascinating, moving and well-acted drama focuses on the practice of conversion therapy, in which homosexual youth are shipped off to religiously inclined rehab facilities to “pray the gay away”. Working in writer-director mode, Australian actor Joel Edgerton tackles this complex topic with impressive levels of tact, sensitivity and balanced insight. The true story told here is based on the best-selling memoirs of Garrard Conley (played by Lucas Hedges), the gay son of a US Baptist preacher (Russell Crowe) who was transferred to a conversion clinic during his first year in college. Edgerton also stars as Victor Sykes, the head of the clinic.