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I think you've mischaracterized PotD

It's not the irrelevant "gay payoff" story you describe. The gay cowboy thing is a red herring plot device. The real story is about relationship disruptions and resolution. Phil's life is upset when Rose and Peter enter it. Phil torments Rose and Peter to the point of breaking. Peter is portrayed as effeminate but not necessarily gay. Peter proclaims that a real man protects his mother and the challenge is set. Peter discovers Phil's secret and feigns (gay) interest in Phil to gain Phil's trust while developing a cunning, ruthless plan to get rid of him. Peter's medical studies provide him the knowledge necessary to infect Phil with anthrax in a seemingly innocent and untraceable manner so it appears to be an accident with no involvement by Peter or anyone else. Phil dies, the torment ends and there is no suspicion of murder as Peter reads from Psalm 22 (a passage from which the film's title is derived) and everybody lives happily ever after.

I liked PotD as I liked "Parasite" but I don't think either is "Best Picture" material. I was wrong about "Parasite" last year. . .


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