EIGHTH GRADE (M)

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WAIT TO GROW UP VER­SUS NEED TO CATCH UP, US, 93MIN

This exquisitely poignant and authen­tic por­trait of a soli­tary teenage girl is un­like any­thing we have seen be­fore. This is a re­veal­ing jour­ney in­side a young girl’s head – some­one stuck in that lonely place where the more they try to fit in, the more they feel left out. Kayla (played by new­comer Elsie Fisher) is do­ing the best she can to move away from that place. Her nightly so­cial me­dia posts and daily mis­sions to be no­ticed are heart­break­ing on a sur­face level, but heroic once we drill deeper into Kayla’s world. Par­ents of teens start­ing high school will draw a lot from Eighth Grade.

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