To the Stars
1960s Wakita, Oklahoma: where a girl’s prom dress is more important than her schoolwork; where the complexity of girlhood is suppressed; where intolerance and bigotry dictate the status quo and being caught with a secret can have dire consequences. In Martha Stephens’ To the Stars, we navigate that world through the eyes of introverted teen, Iris (Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom). Labeled “humorless” by her mother and "stinky" by her classmates, Iris is an outcast in every area of her life, until she meets Maggie (Liana Liberato), a city girl whose family has just moved to Wakita.
Maggie is everything Iris isn’t: courageous enough to scare off bullies and clever enough to sweet-talk the popular girls. Nevertheless, they form a unique bond, intensified by their inability to fit into the town’s narrow mold of an acceptable young lady. Elevated by Andrew Reed’s stunning black-and-white cinematography and great supporting turns from Malin Akerman, Tony Hale, and Jordana Spiro, To the Stars depicts the stories of two young women grappling with accepting themselves in a town that refuses to.
— CELESTE WONG
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