Director Josephine Decker takes a conventional coming-of-age tale and does something remarkably fresh and unique, and introduces us to a wonderful new leading lady.
Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theatre troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women's lives.
This American indie is a treat, with a final 20 minutes that are among the most electrifying filmmaking of 2018. You may be thinking about the film’s final shot for days.