The coming-of-age narrative has been done a thousand times, in a thousand different ways through the medium of film. This means that there are quite a few (well alright, mostly is probably more accurate) shitty depictions of the very important yet entirely common teen-to-adult transition. This sadly doesn’t mean that I’ll ever tire of watching them, or that every now and then there’s a break in the flow of crappy flicks that allows for a beautiful little gem of a film to appear.

Fingers crossed ‘Very Good Girls’ is one of said gems. Mostly because I love the that its director and two leads are three awesome women (a rare sight in film), and also because the narrative doesn’t appear to be honest, down-to-earth, and important. The female coming-of-age story is one less articulated, let alone articulated well. Both Fanning and Olsen have made conscious choices as young actors towards films with intelligence and substance – let’s hope that ‘Very Good Girls’ will live up to the hype.



From Bonnie and Clyde to Natural Born Killers, film history have been peppered by the most smitten of criminals.The appeal to audiences? The star-crossed fate is one that always provides for a thrilling ride. Not to mention if the film is backed by an innovative director, such as David Lowery. He was dubbed one of the 25 new faces of independent film in 2011, and has a beautiful, fluid style of direction (likened to the gorgeous work of Terrance Malick). This film solidifies his title as a prominent new director. The cast, too, serves up a treat, with the Rooney Mara and Casey Afleck.

The film debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it claimed the award for best Cinematography from the States and was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It has been selected to compete in the International Critics’ Week section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Watch: the trailer on YouTube here.

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