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TIFF Next Wave Review: ‘Sequin in a Blue Room’

February 12, 2020Sherry Li

A provocative tale from director Samuel Van Grinsven, Sequin in a Blue Room follows a gay teen as he meets up with people from a gay hookup app.

Conor Leach plays Sequin, a 16-year-old teen, who after getting invited to an anonymous sex party called the blue room, tries to track down a man he had met there. The film is beautifully shot, with a fantastic score and surprisingly minimal dialogue, yet it is nonetheless filled with emotion. There are moments that are genuinely uncomfortable and deeply unsettling, but Leach's performance is fantastic, and his portrayal grounds his character in a way that allows viewers to be incredibly sympathetic to his situation as we journey with him through various sexual encounters.

Beautifully raw, albeit likely to terrify parents, Sequin in a Blue Room is a compelling coming-of-age story — a resolute peek into the impact of anonymous hookup apps on those still trying to figure themselves out.

Sequin in a Blue Room screens Sunday, February 16th at TIFF Next Wave. Its runtime is 1 hr. 32 min.

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