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Teenage troublemaker Claire is forced to repeat her final year of high school. Unmotivated and rebellious, Claire straddles the line between adulthood and adolescence, flitting between nights spent in clubs with James, a much older musician/lover, and days spent goofing off with Henry, a young teenage boy she used to babysit.

First-time feature director and writer Kate Melville has tapped into something very funny, real, and uniquely female. She’s written a strong female teenage character who is complex, imperfect, and has a realistic sexuality that she’s not ashamed of (or predictably forced to ‘learn a lesson’ about). That, in itself, is incredibly refreshing. Picture Day might be the most feminist coming-of-age film I’ve ever seen, but don’t let that word scare you off. There’s nothing overtly political about the film, it’s just that Melville happens to have written a better female lead than most screenwriters are capable of. The story is engaging, funny and evokes all the beautiful awkwardness and confidence of being a teenager. Tatiana Maslany absolutely steals the film as Claire, and Spencer Van Wyck gives a disarmingly affecting performance as the shy Henry.

Is Picture Day Essential TIFF Viewing?

If you like coming-of-age stories, films about teenagers, comedy, or have ever thought that feminism was a pretty ok thing, then definitely don’t miss this film. Canadian films don’t always get the kind of theatrical distribution that they deserve, so even though I’m hoping Picture Day will get a proper release, treat this like it’s your last chance to see one of the best teen films this country’s ever produced.

Screening Times for Picture Day

  • Saturday September 8 at 9:45 pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre
  • Thursday September 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 6
  • Sunday September 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

More About Picture Day

Picture Day Trailer

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