All This Panic

Film
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
All This Panic

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A group of teenage girls in New York share their hopes, fears and inner lives in this intimate doc

This lovely, intimate documentary follows a group of reasonably well-to-do Brooklyn teenage girls through high school and into university, from the last gasp of childhood to the borderlands of Real Life. Director Jenny Gage and her cinematographer husband Tom Betterton spent three years in the girls’ company, and their up-close approach works wonders: all the subjects seem completely at ease on camera, perfectly willing to share their hopes, fears, frustrations, secrets, political opinions and snarky put-downs.

Lena starts out as a brace-toothed nerd and ends up a green-haired free spirit holding her family together by sheer force of will. Her best friend Ginger is helplessly self-conscious and increasingly bitter. Their classmate Olivia is beginning to question her sexual direction. And so it goes. Throughout, we’re given a crystal clear sense of the lines these young women walk: between being constantly judged and totally ignored; between wanting freedom and fearing responsibility; between knowing you’re the coolest thing alive and being convinced you’re worthless. The hazy, sun-kissed camerawork is gorgeous, too.

Details

Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Friday March 24 2017
Duration:
79 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Jenny Gage
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