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577 Ratings

Beach Rats

Directed by Eliza Hittman
United States, 2017
Drama, LGBT+


An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.

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Beach Rats Directed by Eliza Hittman

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Directing Award (Dramatic)

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | 3 nominations including: Best Male Lead

Louvart’s cinematography is so intimate it keeps you flinching, guessing, waiting to exhale. The saturation of color breathes the spaciousness of Brooklyn’s Coney Island, the freshness of air, the Americana with the Ferris wheel and cotton candy.
August 01, 2018
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Ms. Hittman directs in a naturalistic style that makes the movie often feel like a documentary. But it is also spectacularly acted, and the role of Simone is played by Madeline Weinstein of “Alex Strangelove.”
May 18, 2018
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Sublimated grief sharpens an already troublesome sexual appetite in this atmospheric sophomore feature, and only drugged oblivion offers respite from doubt and angst. Though it can be a challenge to sustain sympathy for protagonist Frankie, a Brooklyn teenager whose private crisis over his sexuality causes him to treat his sister, mother, girlfriend and secret male lovers with escalating cruelty, British actor Harris Dickinson brings an extraordinary depth to his portrayal.
November 28, 2017
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