We Finally Have a Sneak Peek at Elliot Page’s First Feature Since Coming Out

It’s been far too long since we’ve seen Elliot Page on the big screen. The Umbrella Academy star came out as transgender in 2020, with his last feature film role in 2017’s Flatliners. But Page has a bevy of projects currently in the works, including Close to You, a new film from director Dominic Savage currently making its way around the festival circuit.

The feature, which follows a trans man named Sam on a trip back to his hometown for a family reunion, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and is now playing at the BFI Flare Festival in London. It’s currently slated to release in U.S. theaters in summer of this year, and while there’s no trailer just yet, Deadline obtained an exclusive clip of an early scene.

Per the film’s official plot summary, Sam runs into his old friend Katherine (Hillary Baack) on the train ride back home, prompting “feelings from their unresolved past” to “bubble to the surface.” The clip, which you can watch over at Deadline, appears to show the moment of this particular reunion: Sam spies Katherine through the train seats, emotion spreading across his face. Finally, he decides to say hello, navigating a somewhat awkward hug and saying, “It’s so nice to see you.”

The moment is a familiar one for anyone who has gone back home after transitioning. In a way, you’re introducing yourself to someone for the first time, and yet you may share years — and sometimes decades — worth of history. It’s a scenario ripe for drama, basically, so it’s no surprise Page selected it for his return to feature acting.

The dialogue on the film was largely improvised, with Page calling the experience “a highlight of my life as an actor” in an interview with the Guardian. Last year, the actor also told Entertainment Weekly that filming Close to You was a “liberating” experience, adding, “The way I get to feel working now is far more embodied coming from that foundation, versus entering and not feeling that way. It’s a huge shift.”

We can’t wait to get closer to Close to You’s release date.

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