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Cat Skin (2017)

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A shy and troubled photography student's life is illuminated when her obsessive nature behind the camera lens leads her to the girl of her dreams.

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Daniel Grasskamp
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Cast overview:
Faye Sewell ... April
Jodie Hirst Jodie Hirst ... Cat
Isaac Money ... Steven
Caroline Oakes ... Sally
Graham Cawte ... Jim
Pip Henderson Pip Henderson ... Cat's Mum
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Cat Skin is a coming of age drama by writer and director Daniel Grasskamp. 17 year old Cat is a shy and troubled photography student at college in a small coastal town. Her life is illuminated when her voyeuristic nature behind the camera lens sparks a chance encounter with a beautiful music student called April. Their relationship blossoms while circumstances threaten to keep them apart. April's mother Sally struggles to come to terms with her daughter's involvement with Cat, whilst April's former lover, Steven, is unable to deal with rejection. Spiralling tension will lead to tragic events that will impact the lives of both Cat and April.

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21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Based on the original short film of the same title. See more »

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Cat: Sometimes I feel like I've made this all up.
Cat: All of this couldn't happen to one person.
Cat: I didn't want any of it to happen.
Cat: But it did.
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A shy photography student's life is illuminated when her camera lens leads her to a beautiful and confident girl.
11 October 2017 | by contact-742-500835See all my reviews

Cat (Jodie Hirst) is a shy photography student at a Brighton college who has a crush on a fellow student named April (Faye Sewell) who finds out that cat has been taking photos of her. However, instead of being upset, April is actually curious and Cat overcomes her shyness asking April out. What follows is the beginning of an authentic romance and a coming of age story between two girls who can't quite be openly happy together in a world that will not let them be.

CAT SKIN plays like a tenderer version of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, its sex scenes lean more towards love-making and the sexual discovery of the two female leads. This is a romance film, but one we know will have its dark, tragic undertones. We live in a world that for all the advances we have made, each day appears as if we made a leap back when it comes to LGBTQ rights. The film doesn't really go into social justice areas, but it's simply concerned with the purity of love, love that finds any vessel and that cannot be resisted. These stories may not appear to be new, but they are none the less necessary, the love story between Cat and April deserves to be told for there's not many of them out there.

Director Daniel Grasskamp tells a modern love story with confidence and thoughtfulness, but also knows how to inject moments of searing pain that break the spell. Hirst and Sewell are terrific together and their chemistry lights up the screen, you root for them to stay together, and fear for them when you know the world won't make it easy for them. Overall, a love story for our times told without the illusions of other films that wrap everything in a bow-tie with easy answers. Love does conquer it all, but all conquests take a toll for all.

Review Written by Enrrico Wood Lagonigro - Senior Curator Oaxaca FilmFest.


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