Prayers for Bobby

Feature Film USA 2009

Early eighties, in a small town of hinterland California. Mary is a middle-class woman with four children, a strictly follower of what Presbyterian Church dictates. When his son Bobby tells his older brother that he's gay, the whole family is shocked. Mary believes religion can help his son, she forces him to pray continuously and to find comfort in faith. Bobby carries with desperation a sense of guilt that will lead him to depression and then suicide. Mary, devastated, begins a long journey that will bring her into to the gay community, and make of her an activist for civil rights. Based on the book by Leroy Aarons, an openly gay journalist, the film is directed by Australian Russell Mulcahy (Highlander 1 and 2). Sigourney Weaver got a Golden Globe Nomination for this role, and she has been awarded a GLAAD Award for Best Actress 2010.

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