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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 sparks a chance encounter with 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 romantic and heartbreaking coming-of-age drama by writer and director Daniel Grasskamp. 17-year-old Cat (Jodie Hirst) is a shy and troubled photography student at college in a small coastal town, who much prefers the company of her feline friend than her fellow students. Dealing with the burden of her ill mother in hospital and homophobia from a local bully, the artistic and shy loner lives her life behind the safety of her camera lens. And that lens is focused on April (Faye Sewell), a lovely and popular music student with an overbearing mother and a hotheaded boyfriend who objectifies her. Both lives are illuminated after April uncovers she's been the main subject of Cat's photography project and what should have been an awkward encounter turns into an unlikely friendship. Romance begins to blossom between Cat and April as their relationship evolves into something deeper. They learn to trust each other and themselves, all the while April's disapproving mother threatens...

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In Cat's bedroom, the framed photograph of Cat and her dad is actually a picture of the film's director with his dad. See more »

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April: Have you ever fantasised about me?
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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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