Out at the Movies Co-Presented by the
L.I. Gay & Lebian Film Festival:
Gamble's Birthday Party
USA, 2015, 87 min., Unrated, DCP
| Dir. Stephen Cone An exquisite coming-of-age movie
with a remarkable cast that unfolds over the course
of one very eventful day in the life of a 17-year-old
son of a preacher.
At Henry’s afternoon birthday pool party the
guests include an assortment of grown-ups from the
family church, as well as Henry’s secular
and religious teen friends — including the
closeted young Logan, who clearly has eyes for Henry.
As Henry treads through various sexual possibilities,
seeking to come into his own, so too do the adults
and teenagers of the party, all struggling to navigate
the public and private, and their longing, despite
themselves and their faith, for earthly love.