|Save Me (Theatrical Cover)
A film by Robert Cary
96 minutes, color, English, 2007
When Mark - a young gay man addicted to sex and drugs - hits bottom, his concerned brother checks him into a Christian retreat in the New Mexico desert. Run by a compassionate husband and wife team, Gayle and Ted have made it their life's mission to cure young men of their 'gay affliction' through spiritual guidance. But after Mark bonds with fellow resident Scott and their relationship evolves, they are forced to confront their true selves.
Featuring powerful performances from Chad Allen, Robert Gant and Emmy Award Winner Judith Light (Ugly Betty, Who's the Boss?, Law & Order SVU), this acclaimed drama is a subtly nuanced and deeply sympathetic look at both sides of one of the most polarizing religious and sexual debates in America: the conflict - and possible reconciliation - between homosexuality and Christianity.
A World Premiere at Sundance and selected as the Opening Night Film at OutFest Los Angeles and the Closing Night Film at New York's New Festival, Save Me offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.
"Up there with Brokeback Mountain as one of the most powerful gay dramas of recent years."- Time Out London
"A thoughtful, important film of exceptional insight and quietly devastating power."
"Encourages mutual respect (and) understanding."- Peter Chattaway, Christianity Today
"Judith Light gives one of the year's best performances." - Chuck Wilson, Village Voice
"A genuine and sympathetic illustration of the painful divide between Christians and gays... a thoughtful, nuanced drama."- Rafer Guzman, New York Newsday
"Touching & intriguing." - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Save Me stands alongside the top-drawer documentary film For the Bible Tells Me So as a film that can build bridges of understanding between gays and the Religious Right."
"Intelligent direction, admirable even-handedness. Cary's restraint reaps considerable rewards. Judith Light gives an impressive performance." - David Noh, Film Journal International
"Most filmmaking to date addressing the Great Divide between gays and the U.S. religious right has very much reflected its point of origin - delivering full moral condemnation from one side onto the other. Save Me is a welcome exception in that it effectively dramatizes the issues without caricaturing or pillorizing either party." - Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Save Me shines a fascinating light of compassion and understanding into the controversial world of ex-gay ministries. Judith Light is an absolute revelation!"
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