Raindance Film Festival: Princess
The UK premiere of an amazing piece of film
Meet Adar: constantly playing truant, failing school and on the brink of puberty, she is only 12-years-old. Couple that with a dysfunctional family and a mother in denial, and Adar’s journey is certainly going to be a rough one. Surrounded by her mother, Alma, and her mother’s ever-adoring unemployed boyfriend Michael, Adar is about to undergo the transition into womanhood. She gets her first period. After spending their days together play fighting and role-playing, Adar’s journey to adulthood takes a dark turn when the affections of her mother’s boyfriend start to confuse and blur the boundaries of their parent and child relationship. The introduction of Alan, Adar’s homeless doppelganger, into the house begins a troubled exploration of sexuality that remains untouched by many filmmakers. Adar and Alan are on a journey through puberty, sexuality, psychological trauma, reality and fantasy that is not to be missed. If you are looking for easy viewing, this is not it. Told through both a realistic and fantastical lens, some scenes are hard to watch but their impact could not be greater. The flowing cinematography and able directing create a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere through which we view the heart-breaking events unfold. This is a dark reality with no guaranteed closure. Over 18s only. Running time: 1 hour 32 minutes.
"A remarkable achievement."