The titular character of Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) was raised in a strong catholic family. But on the night of her prom, she was caught making out with the prom queen, an obvious betrayal of her family’s beliefs. Enraged and disappointed in what their daughter has become, they send Cameron off to a gay conversation therapy center run by Reverand Rick (John Gallagher Jr.) and his sister, Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle), where she’s forced to stay until she sees God’s light and banishes her sins.
Akhavan and Frugiuele’s screenplay is taut, perfectly paced and tonally perfect. There’s a strong balance of serious, hard hitting drama, infused with the necessary emotion to make this narrative work (especially during some of the more shocking third act events), mixed together with a light hearted sense of humour that eases the mood. I was shocked at just how funny this movie can be. These characters are aware of how shitty and ridiculous their situation is, and being human beings, they often cope with the pain through humour. It’s the way we, as people, work, making this script feel very natural.
The ending may leave audiences with a little bit left to desire, but overall, The Miseducation of Cameron Post proves to be a strong, singular vision that absolutely hits the marks, captured with unbridled beauty through naturalistic long takes by cinematographer Ashley Connor. Its theatrical run next month may not reach too many cinemas here in Australia, but it’s a film that, should you seek it out, will definitely be worth the efforts made.
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