Bare

DIRECTOR: Natalia Leite

West Coast Premiere

Expected to attend: Director Natalia Leite, Producer Alexandra Roxo

Sarah (Dianna Agron of Glee fame) is trapped in the middle of Nevada, a nowheresville of strip malls and ranch houses, where a night out means drinking at the quarry and a Super Town cashier gig is something to cling to. Sarah’s only refuge is her absent father’s defunct vintage shop—and even that’s up for sale.

Shortly after she’s told she’s “not Super Town material,” Sarah discovers a stranger sleeping in her father’s store, and her stale routine gets turned on its head. Worldly drifter Pepper (played by charismatic Paz de la Huerta, Boardwalk Empire) has been around the block more than a few times. She opens Sarah’s eyes to life’s possibilities, while simultaneously hustling the naïve girl for a place to crash. Soon the two are roadtripping to Reno, and for the first time, Sarah revels in the anarchic pleasure of breaking all the rules. When she jokes that in ten years she’ll probably be married with three kids and breast cancer, Pepper points out, “If you don’t make your own choices in life, the world makes them for you.” Sarah chooses Pepper, but the consequences are not what she expects.

Told in flashes, like the strobe lights of the strip club where Pepper works, the film alternates images of the expansive western landscape with neon-bathed scenes of Reno, echoing Sarah’s seesaws between her old life and new. Viewers may wonder: Is Sarah being seduced by a wily user, or is she using Pepper to break free of her dead-end life? Natalia Leite, one half of the creative team behind the lesbian webseries Be Here Nowish, presents a feature film debut that makes no pretenses with easy answers, offering a compelling portrait of the complex dynamic between two searching women.

— Monica Nolan

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F105

Co-presented by:
San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival

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