Pavilion: The Pointless Pleasure of Being a Teenager
Nothing really happens in this dreamy 70-minute film about the brief paradise we all enter around the age of 14 and exit around 18. This is when your final body begins to arrive, when you have more control over your movements, and when you can more and more see things, the world around/below/above you, at the level of an adult. Directed by Tim Sutton and scored by the Sea and Cake's lead singer, Sam Prekop, the film begins in a small town that's near a shimmering lake and surrounded by a forest. The teenagers play with toy guns, skateboard, ride bicycles, or swim in the lake as the sun sets on the trees.
One of the teenagers eventually leaves this small town and moves to a suburb in a desert state. His father, who appears to be going through some tough financial times, lives here. The teenager and his father do not speak much. He just goes wherever his father goes. He also meets local teenagers and, once again, begins skateboarding and riding bicycles. The new life is not that bad. I have no choice but to make this obvious point: Those who are fans of Gus Van Sant's experimental side will find lots to enjoy in this pleasantly pointless film. Northwest Film Forum, April 19–25.