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  • Summary: Mark is a young gay man who is addicted to sex and drugs. After a particularly nasty binge his brother checks him into Genesis House, a Christian retreat in New Mexico miles from anywhere. Run by a compassionate husband and wife team, Gayle and Ted have made it their life's mission to cureMark is a young gay man who is addicted to sex and drugs. After a particularly nasty binge his brother checks him into Genesis House, a Christian retreat in New Mexico miles from anywhere. Run by a compassionate husband and wife team, Gayle and Ted have made it their life's mission to cure young men of their 'gay affliction' through spiritual guidance. At first, Mark resists, but soon takes the message to heart and begins to bond with his fellow residents...in particular Scott, a mentor charged with guiding Mark through his conversion. As their friendship evolves into romance, Mark and Scott are forced to confront their true selves, while Gayle and Ted find the values they hold as absolute truths to be threatened. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. This is a modest, thoughtful, independent production of exceptional insight and quietly devastating power.
  2. Doesn't poke fun at anyone's beliefs.
  3. What's admirable about Save Me is that it grounds its religious and cultural debate not in vilifying one side but in sympathizing with both.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    An earnest drama about the futility of "rescuing" gay men back to Jesus, Save Me presents a paradox: It's an issue drama in which the most compassionately drawn character is on the other side of the issue.
  5. Reviewed by: Maureen M. Hart
    63
    Allen and Gant are principals in Mythgarden, a movie production company that promotes gay and lesbian storytelling, and Save Me makes a respectable showing as an early effort.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    The first feature from new gay-focused production company Mythgarden, is a welcome exception in that it effectively dramatizes the issues without caricaturing or pillorizing either party.
  7. 25
    Sounds like a great idea for a gay porno, but the soapy Save Me actually takes itself seriously.

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