Fry Day ★★★★

violent misogynists like ted bundy have conditioned women into rightfully recognizing that trusting charismatic male strangers can be fatal, yet when it comes time to make a choice, we tend to follow them into the murky maw of the woods anyway. what the unsympathetic may view as the naive stupidity of reckless girls is in reality a throbbing need to be seen and heard and felt and understood. even if it kills us.

in just 16 minutes, director laura moss packs this idea into a tense, grounded coming-of-age short that's steeped in an ether of violence despite the utter lack of it. streaming on vimeo and criterion channel.