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When Sophia Takal started shooting Always Shine, Lawrence Michael Levine’s script represented a smart, sizzling flambé of abusive gender norms and twisted loyalty. Now, after watching society react to a Trump presidency these last few weeks, Levine’s script has morphed into something so much bigger (benefitting from a post-election release).
Takal helms a satire and warning about how women are painted into a wholesome, submissive corner that’s doubled in relevancy since grabby allegation and demeaning propaganda. As John Robert Powers’ opening quote proclaims, “it’s a women’s birthright to be attractive and charming,” which he insists is her “duty.” Then he likens women to a bowl of flowers sitting on the “table of life,” appropriating women to nothing but decorations for men to flaunt and control. Beautiful stuff, right? Yeah, that’s why we need Always Shine more than ever right now.
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- Matt Donato
"We could've died out here, and it's your fault!" Oscilloscope Labs has debuted an official trailer for Sophia Takal's Always Shine, a drama about two friends from director Sophia Takal. The film stars Mackenzie Davis & Caitlin FitzGerald as actresses who go on a weekend getaway to Big Sur, but end up getting into fights and heated discussions that lead to even crazier problems. The cast includes Lawrence Michael Levine, Alexander Koch, Jane Adams, Khan Baykal and Colleen Camp. Mackenzie Davis won the Best Actress award for this at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. It looks like a strong drama with a crazy side that appears as it plays out. Another film where Mackenzie Davis proves just how talented she is. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Sophia Takal's Always Shine, direct from Oscilloscope's YouTube: Two friends, both actresses (Halt and Catch Fire's Mackenzie Davis & Masters of Sex »
- Alex Billington
2 items from 2016
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