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‘Boy Erased’, a Film on the Memoir of Garrard Conley releases in India Tomorrow

‘Boy Erased’, a Film on the Memoir of Garrard Conley releases in India Tomorrow

by Shruthi Venkatesh November 15 2018, 1:16 pm Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins, 26 secs

Nicole Kidman's ‘Boy Erased’ will release in India on November 16. The film showcases a real-life teenager who is sent to a gay conversion therapy once his sexual orientation is conveyed to his religious parents. The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2018, its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2018, and was released in the United States on November 2, 2018, by Focus Features. The film will be brought to India by Universal Pictures International.

Lucas Hedges in Boy Erased

Joel Edgerton who has directed, written, produced as well as co-starred in the film showcases the emotional coming-of-age and coming out drama about a young man's journey to self-acceptance, reports The Statesman. The film stars Lucas Hedges as Garrard, whose parents are proud conservative Christians played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, cannot come to terms with his son’s sexuality. Cherry Jones, Flea, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Joe Alwyn, Emily Hinkler, Jesse LaTourette, David Joseph Craig and Théodore Pellerin also feature in this emotional drama. Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley of the same name, the gay conversation drama showcases the true story of one young man's struggle to find him while being forced to question every aspect of his identity. 

Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), son of Marshall (Russell Crowe), a successful car dealer and Baptist preacher, and Nancy (Nicole Kidman), a hairdresser. Jared leads a well-adjusted, happy life at home, school, and on weekends. He is secretly gay and, weeks after HE reluctantly comes out to both his parents after a classmate, Henry (Joe Alwyn), rapes him, Marshall signs him up for a gay therapy conversion, to which Jared reluctantly agrees.

Weeks into his therapy, Jared makes friends with other gay attendees, also seeking to become straight. Jared finds out that converters are being abused by the therapist. He challenges chief therapist Victor Sykes (Joel Edgerton) when the latter suggests his father doesn’t like him. Nancy removes Jared from the program and eventually takes Jared home, much to Victor’s disappointment. Upon their returning home, Marshall is furious and refuses to talk to his son anymore. Jared goes on to write a memoir that exposes the harsh treatment of people in such therapy. Marshall then apologizes to his son and Jared reconciles with his family.

An epilogue reveals that the leaders of many therapy groups were fired in the wake of Jared’s memoir, although many therapy groups still remain active.

The film is co-produced by Edgerton, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin. In an interview with Deadline, Edgerton had said that his aim was to share Boy Erased with as many people as possible so that it reached the people who still instil faith in the controversial practice of conversion therapy. 

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