Eliza Hittman’s Sundance film Beach Rats is a coming-of-age film about a young man from South Brooklyn exploring his sexuality and opportunities–or lack thereof.
“I took a lot of experiences I had with vulnerable men and learning how they cope with their own fragility in bed, and wrote from my own experiences,” Hittman tells Film Comment about tackling male sexuality. “It was hard, at first, wondering, ‘Can I tell this story?’ And then I thought about how so many of my favorite films about female sexuality have been written by men. So I gave myself permission to try. Beach Rats is not a coming-of-age story or a coming-out story. I think about it as coming to consciousness about who you are, which can be a painful process for people.”
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