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Watch: The Complex Emotions Within A Teenage Friendship In Laurel Parmet's 'SPRING'

October 28, 2017

 

 

The "coming of age" period of anybody's life can definitely be a time of confusion, self-discovery, and complex emotions. Writer and director Laurel Parmet successfully portrays all of these elements in her most recent short film titled 'SPRING', a story about two high school girls who's normal hangout session turns into a potentially damaged friendship.

 

Amanda and Crystal are friends from high school and have created a strong bond with each other. The two are hanging out at Crystal's house, which seems to be something they do regularly. In the beginning of the film, we see Amanda on the bed watching Crystal as she gets dressed. It's at this moment that we notice that Amanda might be on the verge of a sexual awakening. Crystal asks Amanda to take photos of her with a smartphone in hopes to send the photos to agencies so that she can begin a modeling career. At first, Amanda seems disinterested. However, Amanda begins to become more interested when Crystal agrees to her suggestions of semi-nude photos with the idea of making the photos "arty". And although it started off innocent, Amanda starts to come off as exploitive and doesn't realize it until Crystal ultimately stops the session.

 

On the surface, we see the idea of a young girl who's starting to discover herself and doesn't know if she's quite ready for it. But we can also see some undertones of the exploitive behavior that occurs so often in model/photographer relationships in the industry. And in a world where Instagram is so prevalent and filled with rising models, this situation tends to occur even more so.

 

 

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