Having already suffered the humiliation of losing her job, Ren (Carmen Madonia), an aspiring writer, must now endure a week of summer vacation with her overbearing parents (Ramona Milano and Joey Parro) and extroverted, overachieving younger sister (Paige Evans). A 20-something trans woman eager to prove her self-sufficiency, Ren is instead forced to share a bed with her sister and wile away her time with resort activities intended for children or seniors. In the summer haze, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish between rebellion and regression.
With its intricate family dynamics, Luis de Filippis’ debut feature is disarmingly intimate and exceedingly well-observed. She empathetically illustrates how familiarity can breed cluelessness, leaving kin to rely on assumptions about one another rather than genuine understanding. The film’s deceptively rigorous structure sees each character transformed by week’s end, with Ren arriving at the realization that adulthood needn’t entail putting away all childish things.
Changemaker Award, TIFF 2022; Sebastiane Award, San Sebastian 2022
Q&A Oct 4 & Oct 6
Carmen Madonia, Ramona Milano, Paige Evans, Joey Parro
In English and Italian with English subtitles
Drug & Alcohol Abuse
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