Princess Cyd

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Princess Cyd defies coming-of-age convention to offer a sweetly understated - yet deeply resonant - look at pivotal relationships.

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16-year-old Cyd (Jessie Pinnick) decides to take a break from her depressive single father and spend a summer in Chicago with her aunt Miranda (Rebecca Spence), a well-known novelist. Soon after her arrival, Cyd encounters Katie (Malic White), a young barista behind the counter. The two make plans to meet up after Katie's shift and a new, charged relationship begins. The Chicago landscape expands, and we navigate intimate and fragile moments between Cyd and Katie as they explore their new attraction. Miranda functions as a counterpart to young Cyd's new explorations of sexuality and love, and as the summer continues they develop a strong relationship founded on a shared openness and healthy criticism of particular personal moments. Sensitive to the contradictions and confusion of the ever-changing self, Stephen Cone has created a film that reimagines that distinct summer feeling when adolescence creeps in, skin is bared, emotions emerge, and everything begins to feel more complicated.

Cast

Rebecca Spence
as Miranda Ruth
Jessie Pinnick
as Cyd Loughlin
Malic White
as Katie Sauter
Gary Houston
as Peter Van Houston

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Critic Reviews for Princess Cyd

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (2)

  • So many movies are all sizzle and no steak; it's kind of refreshing, in a way, to be frustrated by all steak and no sizzle.

    July 20, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Stephen Cone's Princess Cyd is a soft-treading beauty, warm, light and perceptive on fragile questions of feminine sexuality, gender identity and finding your place in your skin.

    July 20, 2020 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • As comfortable to slip into as an afternoon in the sun, as satisfying as a late-night piece of cake, Princess Cyd is a jewel of a film that plumbs thematic depths far below its surface.

    December 3, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Sometimes the calm between these two women is realistic. But the director often cops out the second his characters get into messier emotions.

    November 30, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Its leisurely quality-its disinterest in "pumping" things up, its focus on the small yet vivid spaces of listening, understanding, struggle, identity-is its greatest asset.

    November 3, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What might have devolved into cutesy odd-couple territory instead moves in unexpected directions, bolstered by a fundamental idealism.

    November 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Princess Cyd

  • Apr 28, 2019
    A mediocre coming-of-age film, Princess Cyd is pretty bland. The story follows a young teenage girl who goes to visit her estranged aunt, an acclaimed novelist, and learns to appreciate her cultured lifestyle. The script isn't written very well and isn't quite sure whose journey this is; the aunt's or the niece's. And the directing is fairly mundane, doing nothing to heighten the drama or add any tension. Princess Cyd is a forgettable film that's rather boring and unremarkable.
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