SHE WON SUNDANCE’S BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE AWARD FOR GROWN UP MOVIE STAR AND MESMERIZES AGAIN AS A TEEN IN PICTURE DAY, BUT TATIANA MASLANY IS DEFINITELY AN ADULT NOW
As Claire, a troubled high schooler repeating Grade 12 and caught between the adult and teenage worlds, Maslany (Grown Up Movie Star) makes the rising- star label look like it’s for real.
Neglected at home and tagged as the school slut by classmates, she enounters Henry ( Van Wyck), someone she used to babysit, who’s grown up now. They establish a tentative friendship even as she’s dating a much older rock musician ( Steven McCarthy, also excellent).
This is writer/director Melville’s debut feature, and it often shows. She’s crammed way too much into the narrative, and plot points get dropped. ( What happened to that homemade acid?) But you care about the characters in this engaging film, and it’s anchored by an actor to watch. SGC