Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival


3 August 2016

ITR Auditorium


USA 2016
So Yong Kim

Jena Malone and rising star Riley Keough shine in this exploration of an ambiguous bond between a lonely soft-spoken young mother and her free-spirited friend.

Neglected by her husband, Sarah (Keough) embarks on an impromptu road trip with her livewire college friend Mindy (Malone). After an alcohol-infused heart-to-heart, a long-unspoken intimacy emerges between the old friends. Some years later, Sarah accepts an invitation to Mindy’s wedding, guessing that her sense of unfinished business is not shared by the bride.

The naturalistic style of American filmmaker So Yong Kim (Treeless Mountain, NZIFF08) perfectly captures intimacy and latent, sometimes unformed, emotional truths. Summoning beautiful performances from her actresses, she has crafted a bittersweet, elliptical love story about muted desire and the grey areas that can make the definition of a friendship so elusive.

“The wonder of this new film from So Yong Kim is how deftly it digs beneath the clichés and formulas of familiar sub-genres (female friendship movie, road movie, lesbian romance) to come up with something specific, nuanced and insightful… What Kim is after here is nothing less than the magic of two people connecting… Malone is a force of an actress who also knows how and when to dial it back… The revelation here, though, is Keough (Elvis Presley’s granddaughter and a supporting player inMad Max: Fury Road), who looks like Kristen Stewart but has a presence all her own.” — Jon Frosch,Hollywood Reporter

“A rare film of mature, emotional complexity anchored by two remarkable and beautiful performances.” — John Fink, The Film Stage

Running Times:
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.

Box Office Open: 1 Hour Prior to first session of the day
Auditorium Doors Open: 15 Minutes prior to film (Approx)
Duration: 84 Minutes
Box Office Close: 30 Minutes after last film starts

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