ALWAYS SHINE
2016, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 85 min, USA, Dir: Sophia Takal

Two friends, both actresses (Mackenzie Davis from “Halt and Catch Fire” and Caitlin FitzGerald from “Masters of Sex”), leave Los Angeles for Big Sur to enjoy a weekend getaway and reconnect. Once alone, however, the two women's suppressed jealousies and deep-seated resentments bubble to the surface, causing them to lose grasp not just of the true nature of their relationship, but also of their own identities.


BREATHE IN
2014, Cohen Film, 98 min, USA, Dir: Drake Doremus

Living with his wife and high school-aged daughter in upstate New York, Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) is a musician who finds his work as a piano teacher stifling - until the arrival of gifted pianist Sophie Williams (Felicity Jones), who is searching for fulfillment herself. That Sophie is also a British exchange student staying at Keith’s home makes their budding attraction even more problematic. Director Drake Doremus (LIKE CRAZY) handles what could be a formulaic situation with unusual sensitivity, aided by a top-flight cast that includes Amy Ryan and Mackenzie Davis.


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