Two New York City girls make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time.
Rodrigo Garcia is a powerhouse. I've always enjoyed his feature filmmaking. He's daring, complex, and subtle. And his work on IN Treatment is unparalleled.
Therefore, I had high expectations going into CELIA, a short film he wrote and directed for an online network. Especially with the embarrassingly talented Dakota Fanning as one of the leads.
Unfortunately, after viewing CELIA, I was left unimpressed and underwhelmed. The subject matter - which is sensitive - and cleverly set up by Garcia - falls pray to false execution. I feel like too much was crammed into too short a time span. This film couldn't breath, instead it felt suffocated.
Ted's Grade: C+ Disappointed Factor Due to the Director: moderate
Ted Ryan www.DirectorTedRyan.com
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