About The Film
In 1980s Brighton Beach, a closeted young man struggles to reconcile his strict Russian-Jewish upbringing with his burgeoning sexuality, in this contemplative coming-of-age drama. Diligent Yeshiva student David (standout stage actor Samuel H. Levine) dutifully follows religious strictures, but itches to explore yearnings beyond his immigrant family and insular community. He moves in with his widowed granddad (Ron Rifkin) and befriends two elderly Jewish men living together, their relationship a gateway to the East Village gay scene, as the shadow of AIDS looms. In his narrative feature debut, documentarian Eric Steel skillfully weaves David Bezmozgis’s short story with Ole Birkeland’s mood-setting wintry cinematography and a klezmer-infused musical score.