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Closet Monster

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Canada · 2016
1h 30m
Director Stephen Dunn
Starring Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Joanne Kelly, Aliocha Schneider
Genre Drama

This surreal coming of age story follows the artistic and brave Oscar as he seeks to find comfort in his own homosexuality. Haunted by dark memories of his early childhood, Oscar desperately attempts to carve his own path for himself as he enters a turbulent and emotional part of his life.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

Autobiographical but also singularly imaginative, this formally exuberant bildungsroman plays like a Gregg Araki film with a dash of Cronenbergian psychosomatic body-rebellion thrown in.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Barry Hertz

Dunn’s work is a far more fantastical feat, one that mixes slow-burn drama with a welcome Cronenbergian sensibility. Oh, and Isabella Rossellini plays a talking hamster. Just try to top that.


Variety by Dennis Harvey

Canadian writer-director Stephen Dunn’s first feature treads no new ground in basic outline. But the risk-taking confidence with which he weaves in sardonic magical-realist elements, not to mention his unpredictable yet assured approaches to style and tone, make this a most auspicious debut.


Slant Magazine by Diego Semerene

It's when Stephen Dunn dares to inhabit the how and not the what of queerness that Closet Monster feels authentic and deliciously strange.


Los Angeles Times by Gary Goldstein

Dunn juggles the story’s vital, at times fantastical narrative, eclectic imagery, and wellspring of human fears, flaws and desires with vision and confidence. But Jessup’s powerfully empathetic performance really seals the deal.


Hitfix by Gregory Ellwood

Dunn demonstrates an impressive ability to bring his unique interpretation of the coming out process to life.


The Seattle Times by John Hartl

The ingenious cinematographer, Bobby Shore, uses the Newfoundland locations to achieve some of his most striking effects. The result is sort of a horror film, but not really. It’s too funny to be categorized that way.


IndieWire by Kate Erbland

Dunn plays around with perspective and style, but all the flash doesn't obscure the film's emotion and heart, which are deep and true.

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