Directed by Dan Sallitt • 2019 • United States
Starring Tallie Medel, Norma Kuhling, Evan Davis
Dan Sallitt charts the changing currents of a friendship between two young women with a nuance and delicacy that has earned comparisons to the work of Eric Rohmer. Twentysomething Brooklynites Mara (Tallie Medel) and Jo (Norma Kuhling) have been close friends since middle school. The outgoing Jo is a social worker who runs through a series of brief but intense relationships, while the more reserved Mara bounces between teacher-aide jobs while trying to land a position in elementary education. Gradually, it becomes apparent that the increasingly unstable Jo has troubles that may be the result of substance abuse, or an even deeper problem. Over the course of a decade, the more stable Mara sometimes tries to help, sometimes backs away to preserve herself, but never leaves behind her powerful childhood connection with Jo.