The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, click here.
"[Filmmaker Sophia] Takal coaxes melodrama from first-person naturalism and smartly blends the allure of genre with do-it-yourself intimacy" -New Yorker
Critics' Pick! "Brilliantly observed... strong performances and seamless, probing dialogue generate sequences of subtly shifting emotions, filling each scene with a palpable sense of tension and discomfort" -New York Magazine
"Sinister...unnerving" -Slant Magazine
"An astute and complex portrait of female competition, primal sexual desire, and psychological angst, Green heralds the arrival of Sophia Takal as a major talent as an actor and director" -Twitch
"Imagine a micro-budget back-to-the-country Black Swan, flirting with psychological horror as rural quiet is mined both for its pastoral beauty and creeping sense of menacing unease" -Los Angeles Times
½ "Modest but nonetheless extremely interesting" -Chicago Tribune
Recommended! "Sophia Takal's bold, uneasy study of jealousy out amid rural green boasts strong performances as well as gorgeous cinematography" -NewCity Chicago
Genevieve (Kate Lyn Sheil, The Color Wheel) is an intellectual New Yorker who moves to a cabin in the rural South with her boyfriend Sebastian (Lawrence Michael Levine) so that he can blog about sustainable farming. Ignored and bored, Genevieve succumbs to the overtures of their intrusive, unsophisticated but presumably harmless neighbor, Robin (writer/director Sophia Takal) and the two soon spark an unlikely friendship, going on walks through the woods and exploring their small town. Their relationship initially boosts Genevieve's confidence and self-esteem, but things grow complicated when Robin also bonds with her boyfriend. The women are gradually drawn into a destructive spiral of jealousy, insecurity and paranoia as they work to manipulate and destroy each other, creating a palpable sense of tension and discomfort as the story unfolds.
Strong performances and a haunting score help to create an experience of the horror that lies within our own minds as Takal, in her debut feature, creates a meditative and naturalistic portrait of one woman's psychological unraveling. Intriguingly, Takal's inspiration for Green came from her own struggles with jealousywhich she aimed to work through by casting her real life fiancé (Lawrence Michael Levine, who also produced Green) as Sebastian and her friend Kate Lyn Sheil as Genevieve. The chemistry and tension among the three are as all-encompassing as the forest that surrounds them. Also, filmmaker Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel) makes a cameo appearance as a Philip Roth expert.