Film: Miss Stevens

Opened: September 16, 2016

Directed by: Julia Hart

Starring: Lily Rabe, Timothée Chalamet, Lili Reinhart, Anthony Quintal, Rob Huebel & Oscar Nunez

An indie film about realizing when you’re broken and finding happiness, Miss Stevens is a stellar directorial debut from Julia Hart.

Miss Rachel Stevens (Lily Rabe) chaperones three students (Timothée Chalamet, Lili Reinhart & Anthony Quintal) to a drama competition in California.

Rabe is a perfect lead and finds the sweet spot that allows her to be heartbroken and strong. She delivers her monologue about her mother with such sincerity that it’s enough to pull at anyone’s heartstrings.

An early role for Chalamet, he proves his acting chops from the start. Every time he speaks, you’re immediately entranced. His later monologue from Death of a Salesman is packed with emotion and shows his strength.

The story moves fast, but you become deeply involved with the characters, who are all dealing with their own struggles.

Final say: You never stop learning. ★★★★★

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