11-year-old Sean lives with his mother, a single parent with young-onset dementia. When the birthday boy returns home from school one afternoon, frustration and resentment rise to the surface, resulting in harsh realities being faced.
The father Kong Laoer, always tried to “cure” his gay son Kongque(“peacock” in Chinese). One night Kongque finally ran out but suffered disillusionment. He went to a desperate “awakening” road.
A young boy feeds his imagination of an unpleasant ghoul with the unhappy homelife that traps him and his mother. When life is clearly imitating art the pair seek solace in each other, and patch up the physical and emotional damage to carry on.
Sasha, a loud mouthed thirteen-year-old goes on her first date but when she gets turned on and takes charge of her own sexuality it reveals the confusing nature of what girls are allowed to want.
Funerals can be true male environments where men want to cry but refuse to while their past rides up to hit them. Eddie Holgate is caught in this exact situation. His father has built him up all his life to be tough in an attempt to trickle down his masculinity. But as a tumultuous and charged service at his team's football pitch sparks unwanted memories, Eddie is forced to examine the man he idolized his father to be against the husband and caregiver he very much was not. With the help of his older brother, Joe, Eddie manages to unpick years of emotional neglect and abuse, and finally, allows himself to cry.
17-year-old Renal is brought to a sex worker by his uncle to prove his masculinity to his patriarchal father. “The Cure” shows how the absolute power of adults who have a conservative and rigid mentality leads to a traumatic experience for a teenager. An “educational” act driven by good intentions turns into psychological and physical abuse.