A rebellious teenager forced to repeat her last year of high school is caught between adolescence and adulthood – and between two very different male admirers.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language – all involving teens
Now here’s an insightful little teen film that gets the angst of coming- of-age without having to resort to the same old clichés. “Picture Day” from promising first-time filmmaker Kate Melville is a sensitive portrayal concerning a couple of teens going about the daily grind.
The reckless, wannabe rebel Claire (Tatiana Maslany), forced to attend an extra year of high school, befriends the socially awkward Henry; a boy she used to babysit years earlier. Claire is unaware of their history at first, but Henry isn’t, and in fact has never abandoned his long standing, secretly obsessive crush.
“Picture Day” is well written and unpredictable, but it is the terrific work of Maslany (a revelation on TV’s “Orphan Black”) that makes the film succeed. She’s a quirky, natural performer and at 28 somehow plays a high schooler with utter conviction. Her character is flawed, brash, but realistically drawn and we root and sympathize with her. Melville rests a lot on Maslany’s performance to great results.
The plot goes some places that don’t really work, and some scenes are in need of a good trimming, but this is never the less a rarity in the teen genre; one that favors character development, leisurely pacing, and no easy answers.
This is smart, good-natured indie fare with a terrific performance at it’s center. It’s imperfect sure, but memorable and well worth seeking out.
Director: Kate Melville (as Kate Miles Melville)
Writer: Kate Melville (as Kate Miles Melville)
Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Spencer Van Wyck, Steven McCarthy
Release Date: 7 April 2014 (UK)
Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 7.21 GiB
Duration : 1 h 33 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 11.1 Mb/s