Trailer for Festival Favorite Always Shine

A trailer for new film Always Shine by indie actress and director Sophia Takal has been released. From the trailer and synopsis, available below, it looks as if the film shares elements with Takal’s last work Green and Alex Ross Perry’s recent movie Queen of Earth. All three films follow strained female friendships in woodsy environments and seem to cultivate unpleasant character interactions. Thus far, Always Shine has received the best reviews out of the three similar works. For fans of the previous films, or femme-psychological dramas, this buzzy new movie starring Caitlin Fitzgerald and Mackenzie Davis, might be for you.

Watch the trailer and read the official synopsis below, and check out our critic’s review here.

Two women, both actresses with differing degrees of success, travel north from Los Angeles to Big Sur for a weekend vacation in Always Shine,  Sophia Takal’s twisty, psychological drama. Both see the trip as an opportunity to reconnect after years of competition and jealousy has driven a wedge between them, but upon arrival to their isolated, forest retreat, the pair discovers that their once intimate friendship has deteriorated into forced conversations, betrayals both real and imagined, petty jealousies, and deep-seated resentment. As the women allow their feelings to fester, each begins to lose their bearings not only on the true nature of their relationship, but on their own identities.

Simone is a contributor to The Young Folks.