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.

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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

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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.

Dec 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.

Nov 29, 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.

Nov 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.

Nov 3, 2017 | Full Review…

With great delicacy, Cone metes out details about his subjects through refined dialogue and everyday behavior; this is the sort of movie that makes you feel you've befriended the characters.

Nov 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Not a lot happens in Princess Cyd, but it's hard not to watch this film without feeling changed.

Nov 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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Anyone have a copy of "In the Dawn" I can borrow? I really need to know how that shakes out.

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