Andrew Steggall, a fellow who has made several award-winning/-nominated shorts, DEPARTURE is what you might call a gay art film -- and a pretty good one, at that. Elliptical and fragmentary, it tracks the emotional state of a British teenager who, with his very fragile mother, is closing up their country house in the south of France as mom and dad's marriage crumbles around him. The boy is simultaneously coming to terms with his homosexuality and in particular a very heavy crush on a local boy he's just met.
Juliet Stevenson (below) -- is extremely fragile, which is no help to her troubled son, Elliot, played with intensity, intelligence and not-a-little entitlement by Alex Lawther (on poster, top, and three photos below).
Phénix Brossard (above and below), Clément becomes in some ways the most appealing and interesting character on view.
Finbar Lynch) has his own problems -- not all that different from his son's -- yet neither parent appears to have the ability or desire to put their child's needs ahead of their own.
Wolfe Video and running 109 minutes, the film makes its DVD/VOD debut this coming Tuesday, March 7 -- for purchase and/or rental.