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985 Ratings

Poison

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Directed by Todd Haynes
United States, 1991
Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, LGBTQ+, Cult, Avant-Garde
      English
      No subtitles

Synopsis

With his first feature, Todd Haynes took his influence from the patron saint of all queer outlaw art, Jean Genet. The result was a trio of intercut, stylistically distinct stories drawn together by their conceptual rigor and openly-gay themes—“Hero,” “Horror,” and “Homo”.

Our take

Sundance in the early 90s was a place to be, not just for Tarantino, but for Todd Haynes (Carol), whose debut Poison may be the most shocking film to ever win their top prize—a bold, fiercely intelligent, uniquely stylized take on transgressive desire that few indies today would dare attempt.

Synopsis

With his first feature, Todd Haynes took his influence from the patron saint of all queer outlaw art, Jean Genet. The result was a trio of intercut, stylistically distinct stories drawn together by their conceptual rigor and openly-gay themes—“Hero,” “Horror,” and “Homo”.

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PoisonDirected byTodd Haynes
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Awards & Festivals

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Berlin International Film Festival
1991 | Winner: Teddy: Best Feature Film
Sundance Film Festival
1991 | Winner: Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic Competition)
Independent Spirit Awards
1992 | 2 nominations including: Best First Feature

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