the stranger in us

 

The pleasures and pitfalls of the nocturnal urban landscape serve as the backdrop for Scott Boswell’s debut feature. Anthony (Raphael Barker, Shortbus), an eager small-town newcomer to San Francisco who is dealing with an abusive ex-lover, strikes up an unlikely friendship with Gavin, an underaged runaway and homeless street hustler who has a turbulent history of his own. Anthony attempts to make sense of his situation and his longing for stability through his poetry. Using a non-chronological style, this vérité-style drama explores youthful impulsivity and perilous street life with both clarity and compassion.

"The Stranger in Us

              faces the street

     with considerable compassion,

        observing the youthful exploration

of urban night life

           with generous honesty and tact."

                        -Michael Guillen, The Evening Class

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