White Girl

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White Girl isn't an easy watch, but it adroitly walks the line between exploitation and drama -- and marks an admirably assured debut for writer-director Elizabeth Wood.



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Equipped with platinum blond hair and a winning smile, NYC college girl Leah (Homeland's Morgan Saylor) seeks out pleasure in any form. Between getting high with her roommate and snorting lines with her boss, Leah falls for Blue (Brian Marc), a young man dealing drugs on her corner. Within days, the two are selling dime bags to her boss (Justin Bartha) and his downtown friends and living the high life. Summer love crashes to a halt when Blue is arrested and Leah is left with a serious bag of his coke. Enlisting the help of an overpriced lawyer (Chris Noth), Leah finds herself deep in debt as she crosses all boundaries to get Blue back. Deliriously filmed in and around New York City, WHITE GIRL thrashes through an increasingly high-stakes game of hedonism. The most controversial film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, WHITE GIRL is an incendiary exploration of race, gender and youth, inspired by first time writer-director Elizabeth Wood's own experiences.


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  • Frequently difficult to watch, White Girl is the powerful feature debut of a filmmaker with original vision and clear talent -- and a movie that proves a lead actress can possess the gift of transformative performance skills.

    Sep 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Neatly plotted and minimally staged, the movie marks Wood as a talent to watch, but Saylor deserves equal credit for her layered performance as the title character, a confident young woman who crumbles into a confused and frightened child.

    Sep 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • First-time writer-director Elizabeth Wood's White Girl sets out to be a Great Gatsby for the 21st century - and perhaps in the process, to depict the orgastic future that Fitzgerald mentioned at the story's end.

    Sep 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Harrowing to the point of being off-putting - but not quite.

    Sep 15, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • "White Girl" announces the arrival of a director of considerable verve, and its choice of style and subject toes a similarly tricky line between leering exploitation and unflinching portraiture.

    Sep 8, 2016 | Full Review…
  • "White Girl" vividly charts what is at times a violent culture clash. But it is the young lovers' desperate attempt to bridge the gap between their worlds that makes the film so deeply moving.

    Sep 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 20, 2016
    Elizabeth Wood displays an enormous talent behind the cameras of her first feature film, almost placing us right there next to her character and managing what is most difficult: to make us sympathize with someone in a spiraling descent into mad obsession and drug addiction.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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