Monday, October 19, 2020

Meet Alan Ball's Gay 'Uncle Frank'

I'm a huge Alan Ball fan, so here's hoping my expectations aren't too high for this one. Although the story is about a straight young woman discovering her cosmopolitan uncle is gay, I'll be watching it through the lens of a guy who sure could have used an uncle like him growing up.

"Uncle Frank" plot: 
In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her beloved Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) is a revered literature professor. She soon discovers that Frank is gay, and living with his longtime partner Walid "Wally" Nadeem (Peter Macdissi) -- an arrangement that he has kept secret for years. After the sudden death of Frank's father -- Beth's grandfather -- Frank is forced to reluctantly return home for the funeral with Beth in tow, and to finally face a long-buried trauma that he has spent his entire adult life running away from.

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