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Oscar® Nominated ‘Close’ Looks at the Bond Between Two 13-Year-Olds

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The 95th Academy Awards® — scheduled for March 12 — feature many films with queer themes, such as “Tar,” “Everything Everywhere All At Once” and “The Whale.” Directed by out director Lukas Dhont, “Close” is also nominated for a Best International Feature Oscar®.

While it’s not the favorite — “All Quiet on the Western Front” has that distinction — it’s certainly a remarkably moving motion picture worthy of the award.

In Dhont’s film, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Leo (Eden Dambrine) and his best friend Remi (Gustav De Waele) are 13-year-olds who are almost inseparable.

The two share sleepovers and come to school together. When they start getting bullied by classmates, though, Leo pulls away from the friendship.

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