STRESS POSITIONS (Sydney FF 2024) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

COVID lockdown has hit New York City, and life for Terry Goon (John Early) is not going well. Freshly wounded from a recent divorce from a much older and wealthier man, Terry is broke and directionless, pouring his energies into caring for his 19-year-old Moroccan nephew Bahlul (Qaher Harhash) who has seriously injured his leg. They are staying in one of Terry’s ex-husband’s many properties, a temporary arrangement that only further compounds Terry’s feelings of disorientation. This is a feeling shared by others in his social circle, including his best friend Karla (Theda Hammel), an unemployed transgender lesbian who has her own relationship issues to contend with.

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