Frankie, an angsty teenager, lives just outside of Brooklyn and is struggling to enjoy his summer. At home, Frankie’s father is dying of cancer while his mother nags him to get a girlfriend. Trying to escape his worries, Frankie flirts with older men online. Online conversations develop into hookups along a nearby cruising beach, but as these exchanges unfold, Frankie takes on another relationship with a sensuous and confident young woman named Simone. As he juggles competing desires, Frankie finds that decisions are hurling him toward forlorn consequences

Raggedly shot on 16mm film, »Beach Rats« displays a considerably less trendy part of Brooklyn with a great sense of authenticity. The objectification of the male body emphasizes and further opens up understanding into Frankie’s confused and frustrated longing and self-exploration. Harris Dickinson’s riveting performance in the lead role further enhances the depth of director Eliza Hittman’s heartfelt yet unrelentingly honest character study.

Beach Rats poster
Title
Beach Rats
Director
Eliza Hittman
Country
USA
Length
95 min
Festival
2017
Section
Competition
Language
English
Subtitle
Swedish subtitles
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2017
Original title
Beach Rats
Cast
Harris dickinson, Madeleine Weinstein, Kate Hodge
Producer
Drew Houpt, Brad Becker-Parton, Paul Mezey, Andrew Goldman
Script
Eliza Hittman
Music
Nicholas Leone
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