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140 Ratings

Princess Cyd

Directed by Stephen Cone
United States, 2017


Eager to escape life with her depressive single father, 16-year-old athlete Cyd Loughlin visits her novelist aunt in Chicago over the summer. While there, she falls for a girl in the neighborhood, even as she and her aunt gently challenge each other in the realms of sex and spirit.

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Princess Cyd Directed by Stephen Cone
While the film includes one of Cone’s by-now signature party sequences, Princess Cyd largely eschews these denser crowds of characters, opting for precisely timed shot/reverse shots and leisurely paced two-shots to capture Cyd and Miranda’s growing emotional bond. . . . For all the compassionate frankness with which the film details Cyd’s emotional coming of age, Princess Cyd handles Miranda’s quieter self-transformation in perhaps an even more striking fashion.
December 01, 2017
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If Princess Cyd evokes Rohmer on the whole, from moment to moment it more closely resembles the work of another major French filmmaker, André Téchiné (Hôtel des Amériques, My Favorite Season, Thieves, The Witnesses). Cone’s use of music and camera movements add a romantic aura to the story, inviting viewers to savor details of character and setting . . . And like Téchiné, Cone establishes certain mysteries about his characters that he purposely never resolves.
November 06, 2017
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One of the things “Princess Cyd” does really well is gently allow for the space that opens up between people—and in that space everything is okay . . . Perhaps to those more accustomed to the peaks and valleys of plot/conflict/climax, “Princess Cyd” will seem too leisurely. But its leisurely quality—its disinterest in “pumping” things up, its focus on the small yet vivid spaces of listening, understanding, struggle, identity—is its greatest asset.
November 03, 2017
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