The Curiosity of Chance
Russell P. Marleau/99min/USA,Belgium,Philippines/2006
Proving that Molly Ringwald isn’t the only one who looks pretty in pink, The Curiosity of Chance gives the John Hughes-styled high school comedy a queer twist in this touching coming-of-age tale about a social outcast looking for his chance to fit in. Eccentric, alienated and openly gay, Chance Marquis is a teenager marked for harassment. As Chance struggles to find his place among the jocks, misfits and breeders, he forms his own brat pack to fight back against the bullying. This bizarre circle of friends includes fellow outcasts Hank and Twyla, his hunky next-door neighbour, Levi (Brett Chukerman from Eating Out 2), and a local drag queen who helps him find his inner diva. Together, there is nothing that can stop this motley crew of social misfits as they help Chance navigate the tumultuous waters of high school. In his feature debut, director Marleau transports us back to the big hair and the even bigger shoulder pads of the 1980s. The film simmers with teen angst while gently poking fun at the decade of excess. In the end, The Curiosity of Chance proves that sometimes the only way to fit in is to stand out.
Best of the Fest Award - Palm Springs International Film Festival 2007
Best New Director -Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2006