Fourteen

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    Fourteen

    Directed by

    USA

    2019

    94 min

    • English

    Drama

    Mara and Jo are best friends. Mara is dependable and Jo is troubled; they met when they were 14 years old. Neither of their lives are stable, their jobs are precarious and their dates go nowhere, writing is something done on the side, like so often in Brooklyn. Amid the everyday events and chit-chat, the only constant is their friendship, or, rather, its dynamic: Mara’s phone will ring and Jo will need her help, Mara will drop everything for her, but Jo’s thoughts will already be elsewhere by the time she arrives. The plot skips forward delicately, alighting on another manifestation of the same pattern each time, though Jo’s troughs deepen and Mara’s resentment grows. Time passes and there are new jobs, new boyfriends, drugs, tears and fresh starts, a pregnancy and later a little girl, all of which steadily tug at Jo and Mara’s bond. At times, the camera lingers on some street scene, as if lost in thought, considering, like the whole film, the nature of friendship, a theme so seldom given the same quiet scrutiny as either family or partnership, despite its own unconditional currents. It arrives without warning and departs the same way, how to describe the feeling in between?

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Tallie Medel
    Norma Kuhling
    Lorelei Romani
    C. Mason Wells
    Dylan McCormick
    Kolyn Brown
    Willy McGee
    Scott Friend
    Evan Davis
    Ben Sloane
    Screenplay
    Dan Sallitt
    Cinematography
    Christopher Messina
    Editing
    Dan Sallitt
    Production
    STATIC PRODUCTIONS LLC

    Press

    Sensitive study of emotional turmoil, close-up and from a distance.

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Even those viewers who don’t tend to fetishize the consumer-grade stylings of the digital age might find them to be more of a feature than a bug in this instance, as Sallitt effectively uses the DIY veneer to flatten time until you can feel the cracks start to show between its two major characters. Tallie Medel and Norma Kuhling are phenomenal as the leads.

    IndieWire

    A nuanced portrait of female camaraderie presented in all its messy complexity.

    Patrick Gamble, CineVue

    Dan Sallitt

    Dan Sallitt

    USA

    Dan Sallitt’s previous films are ​THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT​ (2012), ​ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA (2004), ​HONEYMOON​ (1998), and POLLY PERVERSE STRIKES AGAIN!​ (1986). ​THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT​ won Best Film in the Independent Visions Competition at 2012 Sarasota Film Festival, played several major festivals (including Rotterdam, Vienna, Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh, Melbourne, and BAMcinemaFest), and is distributed by Cinema Guild.
    Sallitt was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and attended Harvard College and UCLA's school of Theater, Film and Television. He was the head film critic for the Los Angeles Reader, and writes film criticism for MUBI and his own blog Thanks for the Use of the Hall. His monograph on Japanese director Mikio Naruse is online at https://mikionaruse.wordpress.com.