Samuel Van Grinsven’s _Sequin in a Blue Room _is one of the wildest, most breathless film experiences you’ll have this year. During a party set up through an anonymous hook-up app, 16-year-old Sequin (Conor Leach) meets an older boy and feels an instant connection towards him. With no name to go on, Sequin endeavours to find this stranger, resulting in a tangled web of sex, connections, lies, and desires.
Featuring stunning visuals and an infectious energy, this bold and unabashedly queer film delivers a poignant commentary on how social media connects and alienates us simultaneously. Leach’s gutsy, layered performance captures the highs and lows of teenage exploration, from tender moments of connection to predation and violence from older men, while director Van Grinsven brilliantly depicts the social media phenomenon, the psychology of its users, and the precarious excitement of hook-up apps. This movie is intense, disturbing, and unhinged — but above all, it’s real.