The Midnight Swim

The Midnight Swim ★★★★

Sometimes I think about what the landscape of film would be like right now if we were living in a matriarchy or gender-balanced society; if most films (or even half of films) had been directed and created by women. What a beautiful place that would be. What a strange land of wonders.

As it is, when women do actually get to make films, there's always a patina of pain that I feel we can't help but include--after all, the lives of women in this society are so full of pain, regardless of what we want. As I have three sisters, a mother who I've never really understood, and as I was the black sheep who struggled with mental illness from an early age, this stung with a particularly sharp acuteness. There is so much we don't know; but women are always closer to discovery.

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