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Palm Trees and Power Lines

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United States · 2022
1h 54m
Director Jamie Dack
Starring Lily McInerny, Gretchen Mol, Jonathan Tucker
Genre Drama

17-year-old Lea spends her summer aimlessly tanning in her backyard with her best friend, tiptoeing around her needy mother, and getting stoned. This monotony is interrupted by a chance encounter with a man twice her age with whom she enters a troubling relationship. A melancholic portrait of adolescence, manipulation, and sexual abuse.

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The Guardian by Adrian Horton

It’s trite to say a debut performance is a revelation, but the whole film simply does not work without McInerny, who is fully convincing as a girl on an emotional precipice. It’s an astoundingly calibrated turn, one of barely lidded emotions that eventually skitter about


The Playlist by Andrew Crump

Fearsome and fearless at the same time, Palm Trees and Power Lines practically dares viewers to watch what’s happening on screen without flinching.


IndieWire by Kate Erbland

Throughout the film, both Dack and her revelatory star teeter through shifting concepts, black and white, yes and no, that only grow more jarring and tense as Palm Trees and Power Lines unfolds.


The Hollywood Reporter by Lovia Gyarkye

With its stark portrayal of abuse, Palm Trees and Power Lines won’t be for everyone. But the director’s assured approach to a thorny topic, the way she needles at assumptions about grooming and the care with which she treats Lea’s story will linger with me for a long while.


Film Threat by Sabina Dana Plasse

Dack’s work as a director is on the screen, in the characters, and widely successful with how the actors convey her vision. Her writing and directing of Palm Trees and Power Lines will make a difference because it’s organic, original, and essential.

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