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Picture Day (2012)




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Forced to repeat her senior year in high school, Claire's (Tatiana Maslany) reputation is sliding from bad-ass to bad joke. At night, she escapes to would-be rock star Jim (Steven McCarthy), while at school, she bonds with Henry (Spencer Van Wyck), a nerdy freshman she used to babysit. Eventually, Claire learns the difference between sex, intimacy, and friendship.more
Rating: R (for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language - all involving teens)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kate Melville
On DVD: May 21, 2013
Arc Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Picture Day

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

What Picture Day lacks in tension it makes up for in the writer-director's astute understanding of character and acuteness of observation.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

This unusual coming-of-age comedy boasts excellent character development and involving performances. It's a promising feature movie debut for filmmaker Kate Melville.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Maslany is fantastic as the main character, and there's just enough irony and complexity to make this slice-of-life film seem relevant.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Picture Day leaves a pleasant aftertaste, and I can't help but chalk most of that up to Maslany.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
Film Freak Central

...a well-intentioned yet wholly misguided coming-of-age story.

Full Review… | September 10, 2012
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Now here's an insightful little teen film that gets the angst of coming-of-age without having to resort to the same old cliches. "Picture Day" from promising first-time filmmaker Kate Melville is a sensitive portrayal concerning a couple of teens going about the daily grind.

The reckless, wannabe rebel Claire (Tatiana Maslany), forced to attend an extra year of high school, befriends the socially awkward Henry; a boy she used to babysit years earlier. Claire is unaware of their history at first, but Henry isn't, and in fact has never abandoned his long standing, secretly obsessive crush.

"Picture Day" is well written and unpredictable, but it is the terrific work of Maslany (a revelation on TV's "Orphan Black") that makes the film succeed. She's a quirky, natural performer and at 28 somehow plays a high schooler with utter conviction. Her character is flawed, brash, but realistically drawn and we root and sympathize with her. Melville rests a lot on Maslany's performance to great results.

The plot goes some places that don't really work, and some scenes are in need of a good trimming, but this is never the less a rarity in the teen genre; one that favors character development, leisurely pacing, and no easy answers.

This is smart, good-natured indie fare with a terrific performance at it's center. It's imperfect sure, but memorable and well worth seeking out.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

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