The third feature from the gifted directing team of Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, whose previous film God Bless the Child similarly made exquisite use of family members and a largely non-professional cast to author a compelling domestic study steeped in naturalism, When She Runs tells the story of a young mother of limited means putting everything on the line to pursue her dream of becoming a competitive runner. Relative newcomer Kirstin Anderson, also a co-writer on the film, takes a simple premise and runs with it, quite literally, as the performer charged with personifying the pathologies and struggles of a driven woman trying to juggle child care and work obligations in order to afford herself a shot at an Olympic berth. Far from the adrenal, awards-laden path one might expect in imagining a competitive runner’s life, we find ourselves witness to Kirstin’s calorie counting, frenzied workout regimen and the ensuing body issues that become a byproduct of it all, rendered in Machoian and Ojeda-Beck’s considered and understated style.
Producer Laura Heberton to be in attendance for 4/22 and 4/23 screenings!
- year 2018
- rating MT
- runtime 70
- director Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
- country USA
- Genre Drama
- Programs Altered States: New Directions in American CInema