Three Imaginary Girls

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You know how sometimes you choose a SIFF film randomly because you like the trailer and you watch it and then you totally ugly cry because it ends up being so close to you and your experiences that you’re overcome by how fucking HUMAN and alike every single person on this earth is?

Yeah, that’s Other Girls {Toiset Tytöt} for me.

This Finnish coming-of-age story is about four teenage girls struggling with heartbreak, body image issues, bullying, sexual identity, and the worst: UGH – parents. Amirite? I’m sure the fact that the stories are based on actual video diaries make a huge difference in how real this feels, but also, each of the actresses is so gorgeous and perfect in their roles that I just fell right in. 

Without giving anything away, I’ll just say that each of the girl’s experiences touched a different thing inside me that I identified with — and I LOVE the way Director Esa Illi broke out each tale by focusing on them separately, but also showing how they support each other, together.

Check out the trailer here:
{I couldn’t find one with English subtitles! Outside of the SIFF web site, I mean} 

{Other Girls screensTuesday, May 24, 4:30pm at Majestic Bay Cinemas, Wednesday, May 25, 6:30pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown, and once more Monday, May 30, 8pm at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center} 

BRB; going to find some lady friends who want to go jump on a trampoline with me …