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Emotionally challenged Amanda and contemptuous Lily reboot their childhood friendship after years of instability and judgment, thrown back together by standardized-test tutoring. When Lily’s icy stepdad, Mark, conspires to ship her off to reform school instead of her dream college, Amanda’s nonchalant quips about killing him suddenly seem enticing. Even as Amanda’s sinister tendencies surface and the girls hatch a plan, the mutual manipulation that has always defined their relationship threatens to derail their ambitions.

First-time director Cory Finley’s impressively stylish and assured filmmaking evokes a high-class world that is simultaneously familiar and strange, dripping with acidic dark wit and a disquietingly eerie score. Finley nurtures and coaxes astounding chemistry out of his talented cast, from the capricious friendship that binds Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 2015) and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, 2015), to the unruly vulnerability of Anton Yelchin as their unlikely co-conspirator. Firmly staking his claim as a filmmaker to watch, Finley comfortably basks in the quiet chaos of his characters and leaves behind a beautiful and orderly trail of destruction.

YEAR 2016

SECTION NEXT

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 90 min

COMPANY June Pictures

EMAIL djohnson@junepictures.com

PHONE (323) 886-5296

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Artist Bio

Cory Finley

Cory Finley is a St. Louis–born, New York–based director and playwright. He is a Sloan Grantee, a member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and a recipient of the Gurney Playwrights Fund for his play The Feast at The Flea Theater. His plays have been developed at theatres including Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Clubbed Thumb.