Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1992. Cineville. Screenplay by Allison Anders, based on the novel Don’t Look And It Won’t Hurt by Richard Peck. Cinematography by Dean Lent. Produced by William Ewart, Daniel Hassid, Seth Willenson. Music by J. Mascis. Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart. Costume Design by Susan L. Bertram. Film Editing by Tracy Granger.
This masterpiece by Allison Anders stars Brooke Adams as a truck stop waitress in a dusty New Mexico town who is raising two daughters going through the worst coming-of-age woes. Older sister Ione Skye is rebelliously acting out sexually and constantly fighting with her mother, younger sibling Fairuza Balk is harmonious with mom but struggling to figure herself out as she endures puberty blues. Balk’s perspective is the one the audience takes here, and watching her growing pains is a powerful and believable experience, but Skye’s teen angst conflicts with her mother, which reach a desperate extreme, are given plenty of care as well. Heartfelt, intelligent and populated with a host of indelible supporting characters (including Skye’s real-life brother Donovan Leitch, this one should not be missed.
Berlin Film Festival: In Competition