Fourteen

USA / 2019 / 94 / NR

Mara and Jo, in their twenties, have been close friends since middle school. Jo, the more outgoing figure, is a social worker who runs through a series of brief but intense relationships. Mara, a less splashy personality than Jo, bounces among teacher aide jobs while trying to land a position in elementary education, and writes fiction in her spare time. She too has a transient romantic life, though she seems to settle down after meeting Adam, a mild-mannered software developer. It soon becomes apparent that Jo, despite her intellectual gifts, is unreliable in her professional life, losing and acquiring jobs at a troubling rate. Substance abuse may be responsible for Jo’s instability… but some observers suspect a deeper problem. Over the course of a decade, the more stable Mara sometimes tries to help, sometimes backs away to preserve herself, but never leaves behind her powerful childhood connection with Jo.

  • Director

    Dan Sallitt

  • Producer

    Caitlin Mae Burke
    Graham Swon

  • Cast

    Tallie Medel
    Norma Kuhling
    Lorelei Romani
    C. Mason Wells
    Dylan McCormick

  • “A highly affecting portrait of female friendship.”

    — David Ehrlich, Indiewire
  • “Two outstanding performances... Medel is marvelous, utterly engaging. Kuhling is a knockout."

    — Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
  • “A wonderful, subtly devastating film from a voice in American independent cinema that will hopefully become better known."

    — Ian Mantagni, Little White Lies
  • “A beautifully understated portrait of two lifelong friends.”

    — Jordan Cronk, Film Comment
  • “A bittersweet breakup movie. It’s rare in cinema to see such a fine-grained portrait of friendship, particularly a spiky female one."

    — Jamie Dunn, Sight & Sound
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