Godass | Chicago Reader


The intertwined plots of this intriguing digital video function more as a nicely balanced, well-acted set of character studies. The main story, which director Esther Bell acknowledges is autobiographical, commences in 1988 when 17-year-old Teri (Nika Feldman) visits the gay father who left her in infancy for reasons she?s never understood. But Bell gives almost equal weight to Teri's family and friends in South Carolina, the zine she brings to New York to sell (Skid Marks), the drug-fueled music scene she quickly plunges into, and her father's troubled relationship with his longtime lover (convincingly played by Fred Schneider of the B-52s). Despite some rough edges, the film is frequently amusing, bringing out the absurdities and contradictions of its various milieus. 90 min.


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