New to DVD/VOD this week:
THE SUNDAY SESSIONS
Various cities on National Coming Out Day (October 11, 2017)
An intimate look at gay conversion therapy.
Filmed over two years, Yeagley’s project follows Nathan, a 20something Christian, who undergoes voluntary counseling sessions to overcome his homosexuality. Though long decried as harmful and ineffective, this gay conversion therapy is still promoted by close-minded religious leaders, often overseen by counselors who claim to have successfully renounced their gay desires. Here, that role is taken by Chris, who leads Nathan through discussions that manipulate the young man to delude himself again and again, never offering an option of true self-acceptance. Yeagley gains impressive access to these candid sessions, and refrains from editorializing, allowing the audience to draw its own conclusions. Despite this, and the strange and uncomfortable sense of voyeurism the project affords, the film as a whole is excessively slow, frustrating, and often uninvolving, with some technical deficiencies that prevent it from being wholly successful.