Surprises don't come much better than this: Writer-director Thom Fitzgerald's debut feature is the kind of self-assured and emotionally complex film that many filmmakers spend entire careers trying to make. After a 10-year absence, Sweet William (Ian Parsons) returns to
Nova Scotia and his seriously dysfunctional family home to attend sister Rosemary's (Kerry Fox) wedding. William left home a 350-pound, closeted homosexual teenager, after failing to hang himself in his father's garden; he returns a slim, attractive and relatively well-adjusted openly gay man.
Back home, however, it's business as usual: His mother (Seana McKenna) is the same self-pitying control fre...