The Miseducation of Cameron Post, 2018
Signed up the 28/03/2017
Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) gets caught in the backseat of a car, having sex with her secret girlfriend disguised as friend, on prom-night by her boyfriend. Soon after her guardian gets told about the ordeal, Cameron is sent away to a gay-reform camp, having to leave behind her life, ambitions and freedom.
Director Desiree Akhavan approaches the film (adapted from popular YA book of the same name, by Emily Danforth) with charring softness and pathos all at once. The film feels like a quiet storm set on a surprisingly laid-back and summer-vibes background amidst the internal warfares that are quarantined within the reformatory camp itself.
Cameron is a splintery clay of both fragility and self-confidence. As with any lead, she takes the bull by the horns and challenges the status quo. It's something to marvel over that even in such a hostile and judgemental environment, Cameron finds herself questioning what she doesn't understand or is willing to accept as the "right" way to live her own life.
This parts from most people in her shoes' experiences when confronted with the choice of either reforming and conforming, or standing the risk of being exiled from your life as you know it by your loved ones. This is not entirely a bad thing, because the fight to want to be her true self regardless of consequence stands to give young girls and boys, and even people older, the confidence to come out of the shadows and embrace and be themselves, regardless of what they stand to lose.
Cameron does some internal work, assessing her own sense of self at the centre, instead of actively trying to transform herself from gay to ex-gay-in-the-name-of-Christ for someone else's gain. And it is this type of quiet revolution that sets the movie apart from the more glossy, upbeat films like Love, Simon and Call Me By Your Name. This very characteristic makes the movie a spellbinder of note. I'd shout it from every rooftop that everybody needs to watch this movie if I could.
Also, if you're a parent, sibling or friend to a gay person, stop being a fucking asshole and treat them the same way they treat you—as a functional, living and breathing human being, and not some broken paradox who needs fixing!
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