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A sensitive look at a young man's exploration of his identity and sexuality.
A sweet film with a purity of purpose and intent, elevating it above other films portraying similar struggles.
Under the generous debut direction of Damon Cardasis, there's enough heart and raw truth here to uplift the moments that falter.
Given its compact running time, the film proves a surprisingly rich experience, one that effectively balances hope and possibility with some of the harsher realities of disenfranchised LGBTQ youth.
It is a disarmingly and consistently sensitive movie that remains engaging even when its reach sometimes exceeds its grasp.
Director Cardasis keeps his characters and actors at arm's length, as if he's a little scared of them or worried about seeming like a tourist.
We're all in search of something, and with a story like Saturday Church, [Damon] Cardasis may just empower someone else can find their way to live courageously, too.
Despite the extravagant musical numbers, it's really a low key charmer; the lead character may be quiet, but his story so subtly effective, it'll stay with you long after the end credits roll.
Kain is a strikingly gifted young performer who openly expresses his heart without resorting to sentimentality.
In general, Saturday Church opens up a necessary conversation. It is a story of hope and redemption that had me crying by the end scene. Its use of visuals and color cleverly convey emotions without saying a word.
This charming debut feature from director Damon Cardasis is bursting with love, compassion and authenticity.
In many ways, this Tribeca competitor is a must-watch, but too many missteps keep it from realizing its iconic potential.
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