The first thing I thought of when watching The Miseducation Of Cameron Post was how would this have been made in India. What would be our equivalent of a gay conversion camp? How would a parent react if they found out that their child was indulging in same-sex relations? But by the end of the film I came to realize that this is not about America or India. It is about people trying and hoping to find acceptance for the way they are.
Chloe Grace Moretz as the titular character gives an incredible performance filled with depth. The scene where she reads a letter that has been sent to her is quite possibly the best bit of acting she has done in her career. The screenplay by Desiree Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele subverted my expectations of the ‘camp’ in the film. I was expecting a more cruel treatment that would be given to the people there. But what I saw was quite sobering in that these people actually wanted to help the students there and in their own way felt that they were ‘healing’ them.
Whether this film works for you or not will depend on where you stand on the central issue discussed. But it really worked for me. I felt bad for these people that are sent here. Separated from friends and family and to be guided by the word of god, they go through hell just to survive. This is what makes their actions at the end of the film feel worth it. You want them to get away from those trying to change them and it feels euphoric when it does happen.
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post is one of the most empathetic films on the gay experience that I’ve seen. Desiree Akhavan has made a moving, heartfelt film that doesn’t judge people on either side of the fence. It looks at people as people alone and doesn’t force an ideology upon them. By looking more on the emotional side of things, it emerges fresh and interesting and not what you expect. For me, this is the kind of film where a sequel would be nice. But leaving the characters where they were means that the possibilities are endless. I can imagine them living happily having finally found acceptance and that’s enough for me.
Until next time, bye.