Coming of age movies are a dime a dozen. Often resorting to nostalgia and cheap sentiment in order to draw the audience in. Closet Monster, written and directed by Stephen Dunn and starring Connor Jessup tackles the same terrain with a sensitivity and humor that is quite unlike any other film out there. Oscar Madly, played in a star-making turn by Connor Jessup, as a creative gay teenager who finds himself attracted to his mysterious co-worker, Wilder (Aliocha Schneider) while dealing with his homophobic and troubled father. Helping him navigate the troubled waters of his youth is his pet hamster, Buffy, voiced by no other than Isabella Rossellini. The use of magic realism gives the movie a unique flavor that manages to be restrained even as it employs such fantastic elements.
Touching on several themes from homophobia, trauma, and modern sexuality, this thoughtful film deserves to be seen by a wider audience. Check out the trailer here