Directed by S.J. Chiro
At 13 years old and the eldest of three kids, Lane struggles to keep her family together as her iconoclast mother moves without warning through the communes and dusty back woods of Northern California.
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★★★½ review by Aaron Hendrix on Letterboxd
I want you to be Cleopatra, but you insist on being Minnie Mouse.
Full review coming to talkfilmsociety.com soon.
But, Lane 1974 is a surprisingly refreshing coming of age drama (even if it's not strictly a 'coming of age' story). The performances here are genuinely good and the children were clearly well directed as - roundly - they give solid, if not great, performances.
It's a pretty subdued film and it's not necessarily for everyone. But, I definitely recommend giving it a shot. It might surprise you.
★★★½ review by Justin Robert Vinall on Letterboxd
Compelling visual motifs representing isolation, social separation and desire "Lane 1974" delivers a striking character study of a time, place and changing times.
★★★½ review by Keaton Slansky on Letterboxd
Now this is one I've been waiting to add to my Letterboxd for a long time. To get it out of the way: I was the 2nd Assistant Director on Lane for one of the Seattle units and I loved every minute of it. This was an inspiring cast and crew and such a joy to work on which is something that I feel is radiated throughout the film.
I am beyond proud and excited for Lane to finally be out and I can definitively say that it's groovy as hell. The director (SJ Chiro) does a brilliant job of showing the other side of the 70's here, a slow meditation on the generation left behind while their parents were off exploring each others bodies through free love and peyote. Sophia Mitri Schloss (who's just lovely) turns in a brilliant performance as the titular character Lane and brings an immense sense of gravity and maturity to the role.
I think there's a very clear, definitive vision that SJ had that absolutely shines through on screen. I can't wait to see what her and the rest of the super talented cast and crew do next.
★★★½ review by Millie on Letterboxd
Wow. I have would have never expected to see a film that so perfectly depicted a child sneaking a taste of white bread (SCANDALOUS).
It was perfect that the film ends on a shot of Lane eating, because food and her relationship to it is a defining theme throughout. Anyone raised in a similar hippieish/cultish atmosphere, like I was, can recognize that intrinsically.
I appreciated the film as a whole and definitely think the world needs more films about teenage girls!
But, dang, the food imagery keeps getting to me. It was legit #tooreal. 😂😬
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