A deft exploration of the controversial ex-gay movement, SAVE ME follows Mark (Chad Allen), a sex and drug-addicted young man who overdoses and finds himself at the mercy of his disapproving family. Their solution to Mark's problems is to check him into a Christian-run ministry overseen by Gayle (Judith Light), who believes she can help cure young men of their 'gay affliction' through spiritual guidance. At first, Mark resists the efforts of Gayle and her loving husband, Ted (Stephen Lang), but soon finds solace and brotherhood with several of the members, including Scott (Robert Gant), who is battling family demons of his own. When Mark and Scott begin to find their friendship developing into an unexpected romance, both are forced to confront the new attitudes they've begun to accept, and Gayle finds the values she holds as an absolute truth to be threatened.
Directed by Robert Cary from a screenplay by Craig Chester, Alan Hines and Robert Desiderio, SAVE ME is a love story that offers a complex and timely examination of one of the most polarizing religious and sexual debates in America while intricately showing all the way love (for oneself, more importantly) can heal in all its various forms.
"Save Me" starring
Chad Allen (Dr Quinn, End of the Spear), Robert Gant (Queer as Folk), and
Judith Light (Who’s the Boss, Ugly Betty) is an indie film about a young
man in an ex-gay ministry. The film premiered yesterday at the Sundance
Film Festival and early reporting suggests a well-crafted and nuanced film
that sensitively looks at the lives of those who participate in ex-gay
"After a quick night’s sleep, we lined up for a 9:00 AM screening of Save Me, a film about a young man’s journey through a Christian "ex-gay" 12-step ministry. This was a hard film to see and one I would only recommend sparingly. I left the theatre completely wrecked—my head spinning.
The film portrays the struggles of gay men convinced their behavior is sinful and the attempts to restore them by a husband and wife who believe faith in Jesus is the only way these men will experience wholeness.
One of the things that
struck me about this film was how the filmmakers (some who are themselves
gay as we learned during the question and answer time following the
screening) portrayed the motives and stories of the conservative
Christians who lead the ex-gay ministry with tenderness and grace. Is it
possible that many in the gay community are more gracious in their
understanding of Evangelical Christians than we are towards them?"