Girls afraid - Page 2

Just My Luck and Somersault map wildly different paths to maturity

Rest assured, this ain't Where the Heart Is. (Recap: Preggers teen Natalie Portman blows into a tiny Oklahoma town and is wholly embraced with homespun heartlandiness.) Heidi is childlike enough to playact in anticipation of her next meeting with Joe, but she's also sexually precocious to a fault; her judgment is impaired not just by her drinking habits but also by her young age and her desperate need to be loved by anyone who'll have her. Unfortunately for her, she's not living in a universe that pinpoints her well-being as its focus (unlike, say, Just My Luck's Ashley). Somersault's portrayal of real life is harsh, especially for a too-immature-to-be-so-mature girl scraping by completely on her own. Writer-director Cate Shortland deftly conveys the precariousness of Heidi's situation with restrained symbolism, as when the girl plucks a pair of discarded ski goggles from a junk heap and tries them on allowing her to glimpse an unyielding world, if only for an instant, through rose-colored glasses. SFBG

Just My Luck

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Opens Fri/19

Lumiere Theatre

1572 California, SF

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