Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Director: Eliza Hittman
Writer: Eliza Hittman
Cast: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin, Sharon Van Etten, Ryan Eggold
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 26.10.2020

Content Note: abortion, mention of abuse/rape

Plot:
Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her mother (Sharon Van Etten), her siblings and her mother’s boyfriend (Ryan Eggold). Things aren’t great at home, and neither are they great at school where she seems to have trouble with one boy in particular. Her rock is her best friend and cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder). When Autumn realizes that she is pregnant, she knows that her only option is to go to New York to get an abortion. So she and Skylar pack their bags and set off. But getting an abortion really isn’t a simple thing, especially when you’re underage and poor.

I had high expectations for Never Rarely Sometimes Always and it absolutely fulfilled them. It’s a fantastic piece of feminist cinema.

The film poster showing Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) wearing a yellow hood, looking at the camera.
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Beach Rats (2017)

Beach Rats
Director: Eliza Hittman
Writer: Eliza Hittman
Cast: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate HodgeNeal Huff
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 21.10.2017
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Plot:
Summer is hot and long. Getting away from his oppressive family environment, Frankie (Harris Dickinson) spends it hanging around with his rough group of friends and flirting with Simone (Madeline Weinstein). When he’s alone, he uses the internet to meet and sleep with older men. These two parts of his life are strictly separated as Frankie tries to figure out who he is and where he belongs.

Beach Rats is not a bad film, but I didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would. It stays a little too much on well-established grounds for its own good.

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