She Paradise ★★★½

AFI 2020: film #15

“this? is for me”

makes quick work of the breezy runtime it has to offer, our protagonist growing more with every passing minute. a lot of this is captivating (the dancing!!!) but the dynamics between the girls is most intriguing to me, a tightrope of generosity, selfishness and sometimes even borderline cruelty. it’s a harsh world and they can only be so kind, even if they want to, even if they sometimes try. by the final shot it feels right, however melancholy it may be, reminding me that not all coming of age stories have a storybook ending

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