In the Family

In the Family
  • 2011
  • USA
  • 2h 49min
  • Directed by: Patrick Wang
  • Cast: Patrick Wang, Trevor St John, Sebastian Brodziak

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British hit Weekend signalled a new era in gay cinema with a universal emotional appeal. In the Family makes good on that promise with a compelling, beautifully modulated tale of love, devotion and family. Writer/director/star Patrick Wang justifies every minute of the film's marathon running time as he builds a detailed, unerringly authentic personal drama that has earned him comparisons with John Cassavetes and Douglas Sirk. Wang stars as Joey, the partner of schoolteacher Cody (Trevor St John) and joint father of Cody's six-year-old son Chip (an astonishing Sebastian Brodziak). When Cody dies, his sister uses an old will to claim custody of Chip leaving Joey out in the cold struggling to gain recognition of his part in the boy's life. The result is captivating and heart-rending. One of the best American independent films of the past year. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: The State of Independents.

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