Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in August

Our reviews of ten must-see movies, including 'Madeline's Madeline,' 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post,' and 'Nico, 1988.'

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

DIRECTOR: Desiree Akhavan
CAST: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle

Desiree Akhavan’s adaptation of Emily M. Danforth’s novel has a rich and compelling story to tell, but what’s particularly noteworthy about this, her second feature, is her attention to detail: the palpable awkwardness of the prom double date, the sad stiltedness of a gym prom, the specific sound of earnest Christian rock. All those little touches boost the slice-of-life approach to this tale of a high-school girl’s trip to gay conversion therapy, which helps her (for the first time) feel a sense of real community. Akhavan’s movie is so many things at once – wise, witty, moving, sexy – that its occasional fumbles in tone and characterization barely register. Moretz charms in the leading role, the audience surrogate, armed with a full mag of priceless reaction shots; American Honey’s Lane also shines in the scene-stealer, wild-child role. And in the key role of the camp’s point man, Gallagher manages to find the humanity beneath the caricature (and the mustache).