Paper Spiders

2021, Drama/Comedy, 1h 50m

37 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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A coming-of-age drama that thoughtfully handles hard-hitting themes, Paper Spiders is anchored by heartbreaking performances from its leads. Read critic reviews

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Dawn (Lili Taylor) recently lost her husband and experiences growing anxiety as her daughter Melanie (Stefania Owen) plans to move away for college. An argument with a hostile new neighbor aggravates Dawn's mental condition, and she begins to show signs of paranoid delusions. Melanie attempts a series of interventions, but challenging Dawn's reality of persecution threatens to destroy their loving relationship. Melanie is forced to make the toughest of choices as she struggles to support her mother on the path toward recovery and healing. A bittersweet story about coming of age in the shadow of mental illness.

Cast & Crew

Zach Kuperstein
Cinematographer
Joe Murphy
Film Editor
Ariel Blumenthal
Original Music
Bryan Wolcik
Production Design
Sierra Santschi
Set Decoration
Gina Ruiz
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  • The screenplay from Natalie Shampanier is astute and purposeful. "Paper Spiders" doesn't put a happy face on any of this, but it does instill hope and understanding.

    May 27, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If the film's flirtations with full-tilt melodrama occasionally strain credibility, a pair of intuitive, thoughtfully inhabited performances pull proceedings back from the edge every time.

    May 25, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Personal experience brings a rare honesty and authenticity to this film about mental illness.

    May 7, 2021 | Full Review…
  • It is a pleasure to see Lili Taylor sink her teeth into a starring role, and she plays her character's manic descent with a palpable and heartbreaking practicality.

    May 6, 2021 | Full Review…
  • "Paper Spiders is a poignant and encouraging film that will have you reaching for the tissues.

    July 29, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Based on performances alone, Paper Spiders is a memorable coming-of-age tale, and it is a step in the right direction when it comes to destigmatizing mental illness and widening the public's understanding of delusional disorder.

    July 17, 2021 | Full Review…

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