2012. Canada. Directed by Sara St. Onge. At Phoenix Progressive School, students take notes lying on parlor couches and are encouraged to explore their gifts through electives like break-dancing and graphic-novel writing. In the midst of all this liberal pedagogy and budding talent, Molly Maxwell feels unexceptional, until she embarks on a photography independent study under the tutelage of her attractive English teacher, Ben. Their relationship quickly evolves beyond the darkroom, introducing Molly to the throes of a first love, and putting Ben’s job in jeopardy. With revelatory performances and a rousing indie-rock soundtrack, St Onge’s directorial debut pairs a classic coming-of-age story with a slyly comedic portrayal of alternative arts education. 91 min.
Screening as part of Canadian Front 2013
Trailer courtesy of the filmmaker.
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