Northwest Connections | 2018 | 96 minutes
Stranger Says: The latest from local filmmaker Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them, Eden) has a perfect Northwest feel. Sadie is 13 and lives with her mother in a dilapidated trailer park. Sadie worships her absent father, while being impossible with her harried mother. She is smart and precocious, trying to come to an understanding of how the world works, but the adults around her have their own problems. The film shows the way adults communicate with kids, never talking to them directly, trying to fool the kid and themselves. This leaves young people with half-ass ideas, and they run with them without really understanding the situation, with mixed results. The film has a great cast: The wonderful Melanie Lynskey plays the mom, with Sophia Mitri Schloss (from last year’s SIFF favorite Lane 1974) as Sadie. Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black), John Gallagher Jr. (Short Term 12), and Tony Hale (Arrested Development) ably round things out.
SIFF Says:13-year-old Sadie lives in anticipation of her father’s bi-weekly letters in the mail. He’s been overseas for the past few years serving repeated tours in the U.S. military, and Sadie knows the only reason he isn’t coming home is because their country needs him more—he’s a hero. But waiting isn’t easy. Sadie lives in a trailer park with her mother, whose relationship with her husband is strained if not non-existent. She spends her days writing troubling and violent essays at school, and her evenings messing around the park and adjoining junk yard with her best friend and neighbor, Francis. When a cocky ex-pilot moves in across the way and develops a romantic relationship with her mother, Sadie makes a dark decision to stop at nothing to protect her family from crumbling beneath her. Sophia Mitri Schloss (star of SIFF 2017’s LANE 1974) leads this story with a quiet ferocity and provides a painful window into the life of a girl dealing with every emotion non-stop and at full-weight, up to the point of combustion. Seattle-born Megan Griffith (THE NIGHT STALKER, EDEN) directs this dark family drama with music by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, and co-starring Melanie Lynskey (“Togetherness”) and Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Arrested Development”).
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