Who else was jealous they couldn’t bundle up in their cutest snow gear and skip from stunning indie film to indie film at Sundance’s annual festival this year? If you’re feeling major FOMO, fret no more, we’ve rounded up the five Sundance films you absolutely cannot miss this year. Packed with interesting and complex teenage female protagonists, Sundance 2017 was everything. Here are the must-sees:
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1. Before I Fall
Samantha Kingston has it all: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her — before she runs out of time for good.
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2. Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Two sisters, Deidra and Laney, have a dilemma: “Mom’s in jail, and the power is out.” Fearing they’ll soon lose their house and even miss out on college, the two bright girls hatch up a plan–they’ll rob a train. Their operation goes from erratic to sophisticated very quickly, but there’s just one little problem; Pacific Railroads’ top investigator has made it his life’s mission to catch them. Hilarious and poignant, we can’t wait to see this one.
3. Sidney Hall
Logan Lerman leads this stellar cast including Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Monaghan, and Margaret Qualley. Sidney Hall (played by Lerman) is a prodigious teen novelist who writes a generation-defining book that launches him into fame. His stardom, however, soon takes a dark turn, and we see its effects at age eighteen, twenty-four, and thirty.
4. Person to Person
Person to Person, starring Michael Cera and Abbi Jacobson, is a film that follows its ensemble cast through one day in New York City. While all the characters don’t know each other personally, the city and their respective narratives eventually interweave. We’re particularly interested in Tavi Gevinson’s character who plays a teenage girl who is slowly drifting apart from her best friend.
Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy star in this dramatic teen thriller. Thoroughbred centers around two teenage girls, Amanda and Lily, as they rekindle their childhood friendship. However, when they embark on a sinister plan, they’ll be changed forever.