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montreal LESBIAN GAY BI TRANS film festival

Handsome Devil

John Butler 2016 Ireland 95min english

The toast of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Handsome Devil, Irish novelist John Butler’s second feature film is a winningly funny, music-drenched coming-of-age story with a wry streak of visual invention. With his shock of red hair, proclivity for old rock songs, and general oddness, Ned (Fionn O'Shea) is a certified outcast in his rugby-crazy, all-boy boarding school. Ned doesn’t even dislike rugby, but that doesn’t stop him from being an easy target. His mind is set on expulsion or escape, until the arrival of a new English teacher (Andrew Scott, Sherlock) and a new roommate, Conor (Nicholas Galitzine), a surprisingly sensitive rugby player with more than a few secrets, sets Ned on a path towards finally allowing himself to be heard. Gorgeously shot, Handsome Devil reminds us that bravery and loyalty are not innate traits. They're qualities we earn under pressure. Ned and Conor both make mistakes, but in the end, what truly matters is that each learns to speak in his own voice.

13.50 CAD