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Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party
Directed by Stephen Cone • 2015 • United States
Starring Cole Doman, Joe Keery, Elizabeth Laidlaw
One of contemporary cinema’s most sensitive coming-out films, Stephen Cone’s follow-up to his acclaimed breakout feature THE WISE KIDS unfolds over the course of one very eventful day in the life of seventeen-year-old preacher’s kid Henry (Cole Doman). At Henry’s afternoon birthday pool party, the guests include an assortment of adults from the family church as well as Henry’s secular and religious teen friends, among them the closeted Logan (Daniel Kyri) who clearly has eyes for Henry. As Henry moves among various romantic possibilities, so too do the party’s adults and teenagers, all of them struggling to navigate the public and private and to reconcile their faith with their physical desires.