BOY ERASED (M)
DISAVOW OR DISAPPEAR, US, 114 MIN
This fascinating drama focuses on the controversial 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 an American Baptist preacher (Russell Crowe) who was transferred to a conversion clinic during his first year in college. Performances across the board here are strong and committed as is the film’s eloquent push for greater acceptance and understanding.