As a kid, Big Gay Horror Fan used to try to adopt all the stray pets that wandered on to our yard in ‘farm America’. Partly, I recognized my lonely self in every burred cat’s murmuring and partly I loved seeing the pride in my parents’ eyes over having such a sensitive son. (Yep, even then I was putting on a show!)
Of course, over the years I have adopted and been adopted by many a loving freak – including several women many years my senior, resulting in some of the most meaningful friendships of my life. Thus, while not a horror film in any sense of the word, Nathan Adloff’s Nate and Margaret truly touched my heart and is surely resonant with terror fans, worldwide, whose relationships and interests are definitely tugging against any normal streams.
Telling the story of a vibrant gay college kid and his relationship with an awkward 50-something wanna-be comedian, Nate and Margaret proves how important friendship is and, just like everything in life, how indefinable it ultimately can be. Adloff, also, smartly shows the strains and resentments that can build up in any relationship and the scene wherein a frustrated Nate, whom has begun exploring life outside of the secluded world of his primary attachment, explodes at Margaret in a fury is, both, relatable and devastatingly painful to watch.
Harmonizing with Adloff’s simple and direct style, co-stars Tyler Ross and Natalie West deliver performances filled with heart and layered character work. West, best known from her run as Crystal on Roseanne, in particular, is a soft spoken revelation, here. She imbues Margaret with such angular hope and quiet hurt, that you can’t help but fall in love with her.
Nate and Margaret will be released on August 28th from Breaking Glass Pictures (www.breakingglasspictures.com).
Until the next time — SWEET love and pink GRUE!!!