Vertical Entertainment has debuted the official trailer for Bill Oliver‘s (Jonathan) stirring drama Our Son, a film that depicts the next step in the zeitgeist of LGBTQ+ equality: the right to divorce.
Directed by Oliver, from a script he co-wrote with Peter Nickowitz, the film centers around Nicky (Luke Evans – “Echo 3”, Message From the King), a book publisher devoted to his work, who lives with his husband Gabriel (Billy Porter – 80 for Brady, “American Horror Story”), a former actor and stay-at-home dad, and their eight year-old son, Owen. Gabriel loves Owen more than anything; Nicky loves Gabriel more than anything. Despite appearances, Gabriel has been dissatisfied with their marriage for some time and files for divorce, leading to a custody battle that forces both of them to confront the changing reality of their love for each other and for their son.
Commenting on the film, Oliver said, “As a gay man with two sons whom I co-parent with a lesbian couple, I wanted to make a movie that reflects my experience and celebrates the experience of other queer parents. I also wanted to make a movie that entertains a universal audience who will empathize with its characters and recognize themselves in it … Making a film about two fathers allowed me to explore the different sides of parenting through the characters of Nicky and Gabriel. Despite their flaws, both men care deeply for their son, Owen. With Our Son I wanted to show that men can be nurturing, and queer people can be loving parents. It was also important to show the resonance of the divorce on the biological and chosen families of Nicky and Gabriel. In Our Son, these supporting characters, like Nicky and Gabriel themselves, are simply going about their lives – celebrating a birthday, navigating a new relationship, expecting the birth of a first child, dealing with retirement, finding a job – as they cope with the divorce. The film is about custody in its many forms, how we take care of each other, especially in difficult times.”
Our Son will release in theaters on December 8, 2023 before releasing on VOD on December 15, 2023.