Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

Handsome Devil

2016, John Butler, Ireland, 95 min. With Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Andrew Scott.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 18th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Mar 22nd 8:00pm

“The sweetness, poignancy and breezy humor of this Emerald Isle bildungsroman also makes it pretty darn impossible to resist.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“An immensely likeable coming of age/coming out charmer…boasts bright dialogue and a lively directorial hand.” — Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Ned (O’Shea), new arrival at an exclusive all-male boarding school where rugby rules, is the instant butt of homophobic taunts in this bittersweet comedy. Dyed-red hair, bookish ways, and a rebellious taste in music don’t help. A deeper circle of hell threatens to open up when he’s assigned to room with Conor (Galitzine), the school’s handsome new rugby star, but the two young men unknowingly have something in common that may ultimately outweigh the animosity. Their mentor, the outspoken English teacher Mr. Sherry (Scott, "Sherlock"’s Moriarty), encourages latent talents to shine but has his own hidden secret. A bang-up sports finale settles all scores brilliantly. In English. Courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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