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23 Ratings

All This Panic

Directed by Jenny Gage
United States, 2016


What is it like to come of age in New York City? First-time director Jenny Gage follows vivacious sisters, Ginger and Dusty, and their high school friends over the course of their crucial teen years.

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All This Panic Directed by Jenny Gage
The camera keeps as close as a best friend, catching the teens in artfully blurred compositions and the softest of natural light. Yet through often banal conversations about hookups and hanging out, Ms. Gage remains alert to each telling, throwaway remark. As a result, “All This Panic” can feel glancing, its more painful revelations sliding in unheralded and slipping away just as quietly. What’s left is a dreamy diary of a time that passes so quickly yet impacts so profoundly.
March 30, 2017
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A teenage dream: that someone will follow you around with a movie camera, coaxing out your most sensitive and insightful innermost thoughts, giving your dramas the scope and flair of cinema, for an audience that will eventually marvel at how interesting you are… Now—as relieved as you are that no one actually made a movie of your transition from high school to college, be equally glad that Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton documented three years in the lives of the girls of All This Panic.
March 30, 2017
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Moments that would be mere minutiae in lesser films — Lena suddenly shrinking from Ginger’s touchy-feely affection, which she’s begun to outgrow, or two feuding sisters wearing headphones to block each other out on the subway — are presented by Gage with astonishing pathos and crack timing.
April 12, 2016
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