‘I Wish You All The Best’ Shines Light on Nonbinary Narratives

In a realm dominated by LGBTQ+ coming-of-age tales like “Love Simon” and “My First Summer,” nonbinary narratives are noticeably lacking. Yet, Tommy Dorfman’s directorial debut, “I Wish You All The Best,” based on Mason Deaver’s novel, fills this void by portraying the stark realities of coming out, including familial rejection. Dorfman, drawing from personal experiences, endeavors to broaden the film’s reach to a wider audience, stating, “I was really moved by Mason Deaver’s novel, ‘I Wish You All The Best.’ It was the first time I’d seen myself in a character so vividly, circumstantially as well.”

“I Wish You All The Best” offers a refreshing perspective, focusing on Ben’s journey of self-discovery and acceptance as a nonbinary individual, a role played with depth by Corey Fogelmanis. Fogelmanis emphasizes the film’s portrayal of self-love and familial dynamics, remarking, “I think, for me, this is very much a love story of yourself, a love story of others, of your family.”

The film’s authenticity is rooted in its cast and crew, with Dorfman and Fogelmanis both having personal connections to LGBTQ+ identities. Additionally, Alexandra Daddario and Cole Sprouse deliver compelling performances as supportive figures in Ben’s life.

Amidst the challenges faced by Ben, “I Wish You All The Best” exudes an optimistic tone, encapsulated in its title. Dorfman and Fogelmanis express their hopes for viewers to find acceptance and love, mirroring Ben’s journey of seeking safe spaces and supportive individuals. Fogelmanis reflects, “I really hope that people recognize the importance of finding safe people in your life. People that you can light your walls down with and, and just like truly be yourself with.”

Overall, “I Wish You All The Best” offers a poignant and hopeful narrative that resonates with audiences, encouraging viewers to embrace their true selves and seek supportive communities.