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Inspired by true experiences of grief, girlhood, and growing up, Jessie Barr’s directorial debut SOPHIE JONES provides a stirring portrait of a sixteen year old. Stunned by the untimely death of her mother and struggling with the myriad challenges of teendom, Sophie (played with striking immediacy by the director’s cousin Jessica Barr) tries everything she can to feel something again, while holding herself together, in this sensitive, acutely realized, and utterly relatable coming-of-age story. Filmed in Portland, Oregon.
Dir: Jessie Barr / 2021 / US / 85 min
“It’s a poignant exploration of an arduous age, rooted completely in staggering authenticity.” — Courtney Howard, Variety
“Sophie Jones feels deeply authentic in its understanding of grief.” — Roxana Hadadi, RogerEbert.com
“It would be nice if there were more movies like this, but few have the talent to make them this well – to take a human scale story and make it feel, not bigger than life, but as grand-scale as life actually is.” — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle