As You Are

Set in the early 1990s, "As You Are" is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.

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  • ★★★★ review by Nikolas on Letterboxd

    This is a good indie flick. Really got into it. Relationship between two boys, whose parents move in together, so they become friends. Gay stuff happens. They handled the ending bad though.

  • ★★★★ review by zoe salvucci on Letterboxd

    definitely exceeded my expectations

    - really beautifully shot and edited

    - mostly good performances but i can't unsee charlie heaton as jonathan byers. great chemistry between all the leads tho

    - plot definitely picked up around the middle, third act was a little weaker tho

  • ★★★½ review by Jerome1994 on Letterboxd

    Finally sat down and watched this movie and it's pretty good. The director is 23 years old keep that in mind if you decide on watching this, the film is beautifully shot and actually not badly written. Which leads to some very compelling moments in the film, unfortunately what I believe that held this movie back was some of the choices with the direction. I mean yes I get what the director was trying to do but at times it came off very distasteful. As far as a coming of age film, I wouldn't say this is one of the absolute best of the genre. But if you are a fan of the genre you might like this one, however don't go in expecting the next American Honey, Kids, Moonlight or some others. 

    7.4/10 B

  • ★★★½ review by Ken Rudolph on Letterboxd

    Set in upper New York State in 1994, this involving film is a character driven family and relationship drama disguised as a murder mystery. Jack (familiar young TV actor Owen Campbell) is a quiet, loner-type teenager living with his mother (Mary Stuart Masterson). His mom falls for an ex-Marine security guard (Scott Cohen) who has a son Mark of Jack's age (played by charismatic Charlie Heaton). The boys become friends, even brothers of sorts when their parents move in together. The pair befriend intelligent classmate Sarah (Amandla Stenberg); but the relationship dynamic is adversely affected by Jack's increasing attraction to straight Mark, an attraction that is not entirely one-sided. In the complex story, somebody gets killed; and the film is structured around police videos interviewing all the surviving characters. For me, the film worked as an extremely realistic tale of repressed homosexuality and all of the hardships caused by this during the mid-1990s (and of course in earlier decades as in my own similar life experiences in the 1950s and 1960s.) But the plot mechanics to make the film more of a mystery thriller just got in the way of the people story, at least for me. Still, 25-year old director Joris-Peyrafitte is potentially a real film making talent to watch for.

  • ★★★½ review by Rose on Letterboxd

    Well, I'm torn. It's beautifully shot and very tenderly acted, particularly by Campbell, who brings a painful and compelling vulnerability to his character. But despite its careful avoidance of lazy stereotypes and complex, honest portrayals of attraction and love, at the end of the day it's still another queer-themed tragedy. The ambiguity of the ending is intriguing, but it still strays into too many familiar and frustrating tropes. But considering that the director is, like, twelve, it's a very impressive and competent first outing.

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