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WILDERNESS SURVIVAL FOR GIRLS
Outstanding Performance IFP L.A. Film Fest
"A tight ensemble...(James) Morrison, a superb, nuanced and inexplicably underused actor on the bigscreen, is able to shift between vulnerability and being a real threat in the physically contained yet wide-ranging role" -Variety
"A psychological pastoral, with a deadly sociological aftertaste" -Chicago Tribune
"Smart, efficient little teensploitation gem, which opens like an under-populated slasher flick but then goes unexpected places." -Time Out Chicago
Boldly reconfiguring the psychological thriller genre, directors Kim Roberts and Eli Despres'
provocative Wilderness Survival for Girls explores the personal dynamics between teenage
girls forced to confront their burgeoning independence. This debut feature is an edge-of-your-seat
thriller that explores the rich and intoxicating inner lives of teenage girls when three best
friends spend one last weekend together before they go their separate ways. Ruth, Deborah and Kate
arrive at an idyllic and remote cabin high in the Rockies and settle in for an evening of beer, pot
and fun. As events unfold, the girls start to reveal their deepest secrets, and the good time
becomes a little more intense than anticipated. However, subtle rifts between the girls begin to
develop and, as it grows dark outside, the already charged atmosphere becomes menacing when they
realize they are not alone. As the feverish night wears on, barely suppressed issues about their
friendship and their sexuality become so intertwined until it becomes difficult to tell the
difference between a friend or a stranger.
Directed by Kim Roberts and Eli Despres, U.S.A, 2004,
35mm, 80 mins.