Wild Tigers I Have Known

Released 2006


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Wild Tigers I Have Known is a teenage drama directed by Cam Archer that was a selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. Thirteen-year-old Logan (Malcolm Stumpf) is a misunderstood outcast in school who is constantly bullied and harassed by the other boys. He can't even identify with nerdy Joey, his sex-obsessed best friend, because Logan is secretly fascinated with boys instead of girls. In fact, the only creatures that Logan can identify with are the mountain lions that live in the woods surrounding his school, which he thinks are feared because nobody understands them. When Logan starts a new friendship with Rodeo (Patrick White), an older boy in the popular crowd, he feels sexually attracted to him. Logan knows that Rodeo only likes girls, so he assumes the persona of a girl named Leah and calls Rodeo on the phone. As Rodeo and "Leah" grow closer, Logan must decide whether to confess his secret and tell Rodeo his true feelings. Wild Tigers I Have Known is a realistic coming-of-age tale that shows the isolation, sexual confusion, and struggle for identity that is inherent in growing up.moreless


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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Like "Twelve and Holding," another film from last year's New Directors series, Wild Tigers achingly sympathizes with the desperate lengths an obsessed adolescent will go to in purs...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    The film is a persistent spectacle of audio-visual mood and twee posturing: Strange musical currencies underscore almost every scene, and Logan's acts of scoping and cocooning, in ...

  • 50

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Striking and self-indulgent in equal measure, Cam Archer's first feature, Wild Tigers I Have Known, is an impressive declaration of talent that nonetheless gets a little drunk and ...

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Coming of Age, Gay & Lesbian, Independent, Love & Romance, Sex & Relationships