The first trailer for this year Oscar contender Boy Erased has debuted online. The Joel Edgerton directed movie will hit USA theatres on November 2 and it stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the starring roles.


The movie follows 19 years old Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist Church pastor from a small American town, who outs himself with his parents. Following the confession Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion-therapy centre or leave his parents’ house for good.


The heart-wrenching trailer for the movie, based on the memoir of the same name by Garrard Conley, depicts a powerful and potent film about the challenging of acceptance. Through Jared’s journey we witness what is like to be queer within the limitations of a close-mind community and all that is wrong with the conversion-therapy method.


Hedges gives you the chills in his portray of young gay teen Jared. Torn between his love for his family and his search for freedom, Hedges seems to be up for the performance of his career. Crowe and Kidman rounds up an impeccable cast, starring as Jared’s traditional and religious parents, who think their son needs saving.


From the first look of it and the buzz surrounding the movie, Boy Erased seems like an exquisite and truthful portrays of the brutality and obtuseness of the therapy-conversion system. It also explores from a different angle the complexity of family’s ties and relationships.


Begging the question to what extent people will push themselves in order to change their point of view, acceptance and forgiveness come into play in this coming of age drama, that should teach a couple of things about the dangers of faith and religion.


Watch the trailer below:



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