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Seattle-based director Megan Griffiths’ sixth feature is both a coming-of-age tale and a glimpse into the heartache of loneliness. Young Sadie lives with her mother, Rae (Melanie Lynskey), in an economically depressed community to which her soldier father has not returned for several years. While Rae knows quite well that he may never return, she does not have the heart to tell Sadie. When a new tenant with a mysterious past arrives (John Gallagher Jr.), both Sadie and Rae take an interest. While Rae develops feelings for this man, Sadie sees him as an enemy, and, like her father, will stop at nothing to protect her home. With a stand-out performance from newcomer Sophie Mitri Schloss, director and writer Griffiths spins a tragic story of consequences from the decisions made while trying to survive in a bleak environment.

Genres: Coming of Age, Drama

Other Films by Megan Griffiths

The Guatemalan Handshake and Rat Pack Rat

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