Horse Girl is a psychological drama film directed and produced by Jeff Baena and written in collaboration with Alison Brie. Baena is known for “Joshy” and “The Little Hours” which have similar characteristics that are also place on Horse Girl.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January of this year.
It tells the story of Sarah, a shy, introverted young woman who lives a quiet life and works at a crafts store. She finds herself more content in the company of horses and supernatural crime shows than people. One day she just starts to have strangely surreal dreams as she beliefs she’s a clone of her grandmother and a time traveler and struggles to distinguish her visions from reality.
One interesting fact about is that the 104-minute-long film explores the impact of the screenwriter’s maternal grandmother’s schizophrenia.
The film star Alison Brie as Sarah. She’s known for her role as Trudy Campbell in the drama series Mad Men and as Ruth Wilder in the comedy-drama series GLOW for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
It also stars Debby Ryan known for her roles in Disney Channel, “The Suite Life on Deck” and “Jessie”. She’s also known for her role as Patty Bladell on the Netflix series “Insatiable”.
The other cast members include John Reynolds as Darren, Molly Shannon as Joan, John Ortiz as Ron, Jay Duplass as Ethan and Paul Reiser as Gary.
Baena told Decider in a recent phone interview how he felt about this project, “I’ve never really had an opportunity to do something like this, I feel like most of my movies are, for the most part, pretty straight-forward. But this movie, in particular, is a puzzle”
Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com reviewed the film and described that “The sincerity that Brie brings to her full-fledged embodiment of mental illness is major, and in turn helps Horse Girl overcome its tricky storytelling.”
It was released on February 7, 2020, on Netflix
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