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Molly Maxwell | Canadian Front 2013

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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