‘Palm Trees and Power Lines’ Review: The Gripping Drama of a Teenager Drawn Into an Affair of Darkness

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Lily McInerny and Jonathan Tucker star in "Palm Trees and Power Lines" The film is about a 17-year-old girl who falls in love with an older man. Director Jamie Dack creates a space between voyeurism and intimacy. The mood of danger was laced with a powder blast of subversive comedy.
4 months ago

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The Guardian

Palm Trees and Power Lines review – an unnerving, remarkable debut

The first feature from Jamie Dack, about a relationship between a 34-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, boasts a breakout performance for newcomer Lily McInernyPalm Trees and Power Lines, a remarkably sharp-eyed and bruising debut from writer-director Jamie Dack, opens in the distended, languid stretch of a teenage summer. Lea, played in a stunning first turn by newcomer Lily McInerny, is 17 years old and bored. She lives with her single mothe…

4 months ago·London, United Kingdom
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Variety

‘Palm Trees and Power Lines’ Review: The Gripping Drama of a Teenager Drawn Into an Affair of Darkness

A good filmmaker doesn’t just stage a scene. He or she creates a space (temporal, emotional, psychological, suspenseful). When that happens, we’re no longer just watching the characters — we’re drawn right into that space, until we’re almost floating in it, in sync with the characters’ identities and interactions, their minds and heartbeats. That’s the […]

4 months ago·Los Angeles, United States
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Deadline

Sundance Review: Jamie Dack’s ‘Palm Trees And Power Lines’

Writer-director Jamie Dack has expanded her widely admired 2018 short film Palm Trees and Power Lines into a considerably more thorny and disturbing feature of the same title. Shot verité style on the most banal possible locations, the film, which is making its world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival, takes an unvarnished look at an environment that is arid both literally and figuratively, one in whi…

4 months ago·Los Angeles, United States
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IndieWire

‘Palm Trees and Power Lines’ Review: Breakout Lily McInerny Boosts Painfully Honest Coming-of-Age Tale

Lea knows the difference between wrong and right. Wrong: the way dudes treat her mom. Wrong: her friends running out on their bill at a local diner. Wrong: getting into a strange man’s truck. But, as has forever been the human condition — and in the case of Jamie Dack’s uncomfortably honest “Palm Trees and Power Lines,” the teenage human condition — knowing is only half the battle, and Lea (a breakout Lily McInerny in a remarkable first feature …

4 months ago·Los Angeles, United States
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