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November 18–23, 2016

Chicago Premiere

Closet Monster

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Film still: Closet Monster Film still: Closet Monster
Best Canadian Feature
Toronto Intl
Film Fest
Critics' Pick "Entrancing"
  —New York Times
"Singular and dazzling... It's nothing less than an emotional exorcism"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Autobiographical but also singularly imaginative, this formally exuberant bildungsroman plays like a Gregg Araki film with a dash of Cronenbergian psychosomatic body-rebellion thrown in"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"The risk-taking confidence with which [writer-director Stephen Dunn] weaves in sardonic magical-realist elements, not to mention his unpredictable yet assured approaches to style and tone, make this a most auspicious debut"

Connor Jessup (TV's American Crime) gives a stirring performance as Oscar Madly in this daring coming-of-age film. As a young boy, Oscar witnesses a horrible homophobic crime that stays with him even to this day. Oscar is also still reeling from the scars of his mother deserting him and his father. Now a teenager planning to leave his hometown for NYC to pursue his dreams as a makeup artist, Oscar must juggle his self-destructive homophobic father, his friendship with childhood friend Gemma, and his own burgeoning sexuality. Luckily he has his trusty hamster, Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini), as his spirit animal.

At times fantastical while also being incredibly bold, Closet Monster is one of those rare films that truly brings the audience into a character's life, and there is no letting up. Filmed with style and performed with grace, Closet Monster is a beautiful example of what can happen when what has been hidden needs to escape, in this wholly original tale of self-discovery.

Directed by Stephen Dunn, Canada, 2015, 90 mins.


  • Fri., Nov. 18 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Nov. 20 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Wed. Nov. 21–23 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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