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Safelight (2015)

R | | Drama | 29 April 2016 (UK)
A teenage boy and girl discover a renewed sense of possibility as they go on a road trip to photograph lighthouses along the California coast.


Tony Aloupis


Tony Aloupis
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Peters ... Charles
Juno Temple ... Vicki
Christine Lahti ... Peg
Kevin Alejandro ... Skid
Jason Beghe ... Eric
Ariel Winter ... Kate
Will Peltz ... Jason
Don Stark ... Jack
Joel Gretsch ... Mr. Sullivan
Ever Carradine ... Lois
Meaghan Martin ... Sharon
Joe Krieg ... Ryan
Lee Garlington ... Dottie
Gigi Rice ... Lillian
Roma Maffia ... Rose


A teenage boy and girl discover a renewed sense of possibility as they go on a road trip to photograph lighthouses along the California coast.

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Love will lead the way.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Evan's second main role in the movie. See more »


At the first lighthouse, after looking through Charles' camera and asking about his brother, a microphone pac is visible in Vicki's back pocket. See more »


Performed by Young Fathers
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Indie Drama is a Decent Watch
13 January 2016 | by larrys3See all my reviews

This indie drama won't appeal to everyone, but I found it to be a decent watch, buoyed by quite the believable acting. Evan Peters is excellent in his portrayal of Charles, a shy 17-year-old aspiring photographer, who's had a physical disability since birth and thus walks with a decided limp. The underrated and talented actress Juno Temple co-stars as Vicki, a sexy 18-year-old hooker, operating out of a truck stop and motel, adjacent to the convenience store where Charles works.

They have both had most difficult upbringings, and although seemingly far-fetched, a friendship and even a possible relationship develops between the two teens. Their bonding is heightened when Vicki helps Charles take photos of lighthouses along the California coastline for a school project, and I thought the chemistry between the two worked well.

As mentioned, the supporting cast here is quite solid, with Christine Lahti playing Peg, a tough-talking and vibrant woman, who manages the store where Charles works and is a constant source of encouragement to him. Additionally, Kevin Alejandro is certainly believable as Vicki's "psycho" pimp Skid, and Kevin Beghe adds well to the mix as Eric, Charles' supportive but ailing father.

All in all, this movie, written and directed by Tony Aloupis, can seem incredulous at times, but, as mentioned, buoyed by solid acting, kept my interest and I felt it was a decent watch. I must add that I wasn't thrilled with the ending here, as it seemed abrupt and, I thought, left some key plot elements unexplained.

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29 April 2016 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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