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Be Gay, Do Crime: Olmo Schnabel’s ‘Pet Shop Days’ is a Thrilling Tale About Family, Vice, and Being Young In New York City

One of the most thrilling premieres from SXSW 2024 is this queer New York love story that will make you miss being young and stupid.

When you’re a New Yorker, you can’t help it — talking about “the energy” of the city. Derisive and jaded as New Yorkers are, we become fanatical (though not sentimental) when talking about our city. But no matter the specifics we dredge up, it always comes down to that intangible feeling of being in —and of — New York. That elusive “energy” that’s so hard to capture in speech and even harder to render on film or TV in a way that does justice to the city.

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