Festival darling, Ingrid Veninger returns to us with her reliably strong work, this time a coming-of-age story that pulls you right into its central drama. Veninger well understand the secrets of girlhood. Her two well-cast leads perform with an uncanny naturalism, suggestive of the trust they must have placed in the director, a hallmark of Veninger’s art. Fate brings two girls from disparate walks of life together one summer in Northern Ontario. The class and rural/urban divide informs their differences, but at heart the girls are more alike than at first appears. This is a remarkably candid portrait of the struggle for a secure sense of self. Told almost exclusively from the girls’ points of view, Porcupine Lake doesn’t dismiss adults so much as remind us how much of the margins they occupy when you’re busy trying to find yourself. As with all of Veninger’s films, this well-crafted feature is scrupulously devoted to the small stuff from which big transformation comes. It’s simply a pleasure to watch. Bring your daughters.
Director/Writer/Producer: Ingrid Veninger
Executive Producer(s): Randi Kirshenbaum, Melissa Leo
Country of Production: Canada
Runtime : 85 min
Followed by a Q&A with Ingrid Veninger.