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493 Ratings

As You Are

United States, 2016


Set in the early 1990s, As You Are unfolds as a series of disparate memories. Prompted by a police investigation, we witness alternating perspectives of pivotal moments in the relationship between three teenage friends: Jack, Mark, and Sarah.

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As You Are Directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Although it's never made explicit – so little is in As You Are – the title of Miles Joris-Peyrafitte's debut feature is a clear allusion to Nirvana's song Come As You Are. This subtle but passionate essay on teenage identity and desire not only honours the Kurt Cobain school of teen spirit but brings something fresh and richly intelligent to the field of US independent cinema.
September 20, 2016
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It's a coming of age story with a queer twist... Only 23 years-old, first-time director Joris-Peyrafitte plunges into darker waters, and has a surer command of his mise en scène, of the flashback structure. A major difference is that, instead of projecting his own gender insecurities onto a female protagonist (the ultimate other, even if you are well-meaning), he confronts them head-on by exploring the psyche of young males.
March 19, 2016
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Joris-Peyrafitte has learned, no doubt from Reichardt, the moody potential of landscape: a camera panning slowly around a modest home or through the treetops, accompanied by a minimalist score (written by the director with Patrick Higgins), takes intimate measure of the sadness and fleeting happiness within. The movie is saved, sometimes just barely, from the maudlin by the moments of joy when these kids get busy reinventing themselves.
February 23, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • tinderness's rating of the film As You Are

    Inzwischen ein alter Mann geworden, glaube ich, dass hier jemand die Herausforderungen von jungen Menschen voll und ganz verstanden hat, Der Film ist so etwas wie moderne Fassung der "Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß" mehr als hundert Jahre nach dessen Entstehung: voller Dramatik, bis zum Schluß, der nicht das Ende sein muß.

  • Jasmine Erin's rating of the film As You Are

    A tender look at undefined love and friendship in those moments of first-time-feelings-ever teenagehood. Peyrafitte treats his characters with dignity rare to movies packaged for young people but made by adults far removed from the experience. Genre-bending, I imagine this stunning debut becoming a cult classic to the Trump generation in no time at all

  • Mcpeer's rating of the film As You Are

    Get used to pronouncing: Miles Joris-Peryrafitte. The 23 year old skateboarding inspiration may be the next Xavier Dolan. The film grabbed me from the first frame and didn't let go. Like Dolan, Peryrafitte applies aspects ratios brilliantly, shooting an anamoric film and placing it within a 1.85 frame, mirroring how his characters don't fit in their worlds. The ending is ambiguous for ambiguous sake. Still wonderful.

  • meth_'s rating of the film As You Are

    was excited to see Amandla but of course the black girl was one dimensional and served only as a plot device

  • Kevin Matthews's rating of the film As You Are

    Directed and co-written by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, this is a decent enough little drama about a turbulent time in the life of three teenagers. The structure makes clear that something bad has happened but holds back more details until the very end, which then comes along as a bit of an anti-climax compared to whatever scenarios viewers may have conjured up in their minds. Script is okay, performances are good.

  • Yvonx S's rating of the film As You Are

    This film really stayed with me; painfully sad, even harrowing is not too strong as description. It was wonderfully acted- so naturalistic and the undercurrents are not made obvious until the monsers surge to the surface and take a huge bite out of the viewer. I dreamt of the characters and woke still immersed in their lives. A film of lost innocence, teenage emotions beyond control & adult betrayal on an epic scale.

  • plentynuff's rating of the film As You Are

    The good: Sensitively captures so much of what is painful in adolescence. The bad: Reliving so much of what is painful in adolescence. Excellent all except for the melancholy that lingers afterwards.

  • Dan and Val Freeman's rating of the film As You Are

    Superb. Excellent story about the turmoils of adolescence which kept us guessing, played and shot really well, great use of score, can see why this won at Sundance. And nice to see Mary Stuart Masterson again and see her on top form. Only criticism is the very end is a little confusing and inconclusive ... but this is a minor criticism of a good piece of work.