Closet Monster

Closet Monster

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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A fresh take on the coming-of-age story, this surreal tale follows the artistically driven Oscar, hovering on the brink of adulthood. Struggling to find his place in the world after a rough childhood and haunted by images of a tragic incident, Oscar dreams of escaping his small town. After he meets a mysterious and attractive new co-worker, Oscar follows the guidance of his pet hamster Buffy and faces his demons to find the life he wants.
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Strand Releasing,, [2016]
Edition: Blu-ray widescreen.
Branch Call Number: BLU FEATURE CLO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
laser optical
video file,Blu-ray,rda

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Nursebob
Apr 04, 2019

Reality and make-believe vie for centre stage in writer/director Stephen Dunn’s capricious drama, an odd little coming-out story whose arthouse flourishes both keep it afloat and occasionally threaten to sink it entirely. Making the tumultuous emotions of a closeted young man manifest on screen isn’t an easy task and he pulls a few clever cinematic rabbits out of his hat in an attempt to do so—false faces abound as Oscar practices his special effects make-up techniques on himself, his dad, and his BFF Gemma; nascent queer lust is given an edge of horror with some imaginary yet graphic body mortifications à la David Cronenberg; and Oscar’s inner dialogue is rendered a two-way conversation with his talking hamster Buffy (voice of crazy Isabella Rossellini), a sage rodent with a few gender issues of its own. When it works it sweeps you up in a moving, emotionally raw psychodrama powered by wishes and nightmares. But when it falters you’re left with so many film school conceits and empty pockets of air—for one thing Oscar’s petulant rage against his parents isn’t supported by dad’s few hissy fits or mom’s lacklustre nurturing skills, and Dunn relies a wee bit too much on slo-mo passages of emoting and staccato flashbacks. “If you don’t hate your parents you’ll become them…” says a co-worker on whom Oscar has a crush, and although his advice seems unrealistically harsh the theme of having to move away in order to move forward resonates. The backdrops of Newfoundland and Labrador are gorgeous too (cliffs and restless seas always provide good metaphors) and that chill soundtrack of indie songs is impeccably chosen.

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misatim
Oct 29, 2018

I really enjoyed this film. I wouldn't call it a coming of age, film but more of a dreaming film. The acting was well done, sets and costumes. The storyline could have been stronger but it is better than most big budget films. Take a chance and see what you think of it.

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Punnoval
Apr 26, 2017

What a sack of pathetic drool. The scene editing (if you want to call it that) might have been done by a random numbers generator. The only "actor" of any consequence was the Buffy rodent, whose voice was narrated by Isabella Rossellini (what a cheat to have her on the front credits!) One of the worst movies of any year. But hey, It was done in Gnu Phun Land!

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BethILL
Mar 06, 2017

This was heart-wrenching. It is difficult enough being a teenager without any of the issues the main character had to deal with.

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