“Handsome Devil” Explores Homophobia And Conformity In Irish Boarding School

The movie follows an unlikely friendship between a star athlete and his sensitive roommate.

Writer-director John Butler is tackling homophobia in his new comedy, Handsome Devil.

Set in an Irish boarding school, the film tells the story of Ned, a sensitive student who is bullied by jocks on the rugby team. When his new roommate turns out to be a rugby superstar with anger management issues, Ned seems to be destined for even more abuse.

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Instead, the two surprisingly strike up a genuine friendship, and have to navigate their fellow students’ negative responses to their connection.

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The film premiered in Ireland earlier this year, but no word on when it may get its global release.
 

 

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