Princess Cyd | Chicago Reader

Princess Cyd

Writer-director Stephen Cone (The Wise Kids) ventures into Eric Rohmer territory with this philosophical, dialogue-driven comedy about a bright 17-year-old girl (Jessie Pinnick) spending the summer in Chicago with her novelist aunt (Rebecca Spence). The girl is in the process of discovering herself both intellectually and sexually, and her development sparks the curiosity of the solitary older woman. Their relationship evolves over the course of leisurely conversations about the nature of fulfillment, which lead both women to question whether they're happy (as in Rohmer's films, the characters use philosophy to mask discussion of their feelings). With great delicacy, Cone metes out details about his subjects through refined dialogue and everyday behavior; this is the sort of movie that makes you feel you’ve befriended the characters.

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