Marti Noxon’s

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - YOUTH | VIBES -

NEW YORK — Writer-di­rec­tor Marti Noxon’s deeply mov­ing fea­ture de­but, To the Bone, isn’t just about a young woman con­fronting anorexia; it’s a story about com­ing to terms with the ridicu­lous, awk­ward, beau­ti­ful and painful re­al­i­ties of adult life.

Without judg­ing or ro­man­ti­ciz­ing, Noxon presents a heart­felt and heart­break­ing por­trait of a 20-year-old woman try­ing to cope with the chal­lenges of grow­ing up by ob­ses­sively re­strict­ing calo­ries.

Noxon and star Lily Collins — who both have per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences with eat­ing dis­or­ders — have cre­ated an in­deli­ble char­ac­ter in Ellen/ Eli, the eye-rolling, over-it mil­len­nial at the heart of the film. Like a next-gen­er­a­tion Juno steeped in bit­ters, Eli is all frag­ile vul­ner­a­bil­ity and stub­born de­fi­ance — a sneer­ing mix of fear, ar­ro­gance and angst, si­mul­ta­ne­ously yearn­ing for and fear­ing adult­hood.

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