Expected to be in attendance: Director Sophia Takal
Two actresses with differing degrees of success travel north from Los Angeles to Big Sur for a weekend vacation, hoping to reconnect as friends after years of competition and jealousy have driven a wedge between them. Upon arriving at their isolated forest retreat, however, the pair discovers that their once-intimate friendship has deteriorated into forced conversations, betrayals both real and imagined, and deep-seated resentment. As their feelings fester, the women begin to lose their bearings on both the true nature of their relationship and their own identities.
Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) and Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex) give raw, brave performances as Beth and Anna, two women whose ideas of success are dictated as much by external cultural criteria as their own senses of self-worth. Written by Lawrence Michael Levine (WILD CANARIES, IFFBoston 2014) and beautifully directed by Sophia Takal (GREEN, IFFBoston 2011), ALWAYS SHINE wraps itself in an evocative shroud of dread and paranoia that lingers long after the final frame.
—Tribeca Film Festival guide