Boys in the Trees is an Australian horror-ish fantasy drama about teen friendship in a town with an irrelevant importance name. This is the debut feature of a very promising filmmaker, the young Nicholas Verso, who has written and directed the movie. It has been released in 2016 and it was featured at the Venice Film Festival, in the same year.
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Boys in the Trees – Plot
I gave a 9 out of ten to this wonderful, and, at the same time, very sad movie. Impressive imagination, beautiful story, reminding me of my very young years. Where I come from, Halloween wasn’t an issue or something to celebrate, but we invented our own stories, with fairies, ghosts, spirits, leprechauns, wonderful quests and so on, whenever we had the opportunity to do so.
Nowadays, you have to belong to a certain group in order to be popular, or to have some “social” success. In this movie we meet two childhood friends who separate when one of them glued himself to a pack of bullies, leaving the other one exposed. I don’t like the idea, but this is what happens almost everywhere. These packs gather themselves based on common cruel behavior or just upon a material status. Jango is a bully who feels close to Corey. Corey seems to be sensitive, which is all right, he is a keen photographer, but he usually behaves “cool” and detached. Jonah is considered a “nerd” in a place where such a quality only attracts more kicks. Corey and Jonah used to be friends, both having a vivid imagination, they played fantastic games based upon horror stories with happy endings. Jonah’s mother use to sing them meaningful songs. On Halloween 1997, these two teens, Corey and Jonah, embark on a surreal journey through their memories, dreams and fears. The story is thrilling this time.
Toby Wallace is Corey, a talented young photographer. Gulliver McGrath is Jonah, Corey’s former friend, a recluse who’s mother died. He was also handy to bullies, he seems to be a little bit irritating, but this is only caused by his sharp mind and vivid imagination. Mitzi Ruhlmann is Romany, a girl who likes Corey a lot. Justin Holborow is Jango, the incontestable pack leader at Corey’s school, a beastly bully.
Director Nicholas Verso seems to be himself a little bit weird, so I guess this film has some autobiographical threads as well. He won the jury award for writing at Austin Film Festival 2016. The movie has been also nominated as the best film, for Venice Horizons Award, something for debutantes.
I like the trailer because it is inciting. The symbols used here, in Boys in the Trees, seem to be closer to Caribbean Voodoo than to the traditional Halloween, or to something Aussie. Pettifogging critics complained about some Mexican “Day of the Dead” stuff, but this is of little consequence, the movie idea is what is really moving.
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