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81 minutes · 2014

This week brings the 33rd edition of Reeling—now inclusively subtitled “The LGBTQ+ International Film Festival”—and with it two coming-of-age tales individualized enough to redeem the genre. The Summer of Sangaile, a dreamy Lithuanian import from writer-director Alanté Kavaïté, follows a young woman from Vilnius as she experiments with lesbian romance but ultimately finds her true self only as a stunt pilot, alone in the sky. Guidance, a wicked comedy by Canadian writer-director Pat Mills, tells the story of a former child star whose refusal to accept his homosexuality drives him into a vortex of self-destructive behavior. In each movie the protagonist’s coming-of-age involves sexual initiation, but aside from that the films are as distinctive as their respective protagonists. Continue reading >>

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