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Coming of age stories have always graced the big screen, but some fare better than others. Leonie Krippendorff’s Cocoon is one of these.

The teenage discoveries; the nasty boys and the giggly girls. The passage of the main character into adulthood through the days and nights of a hot summer. Yup, these elements are all here. The difference is Krippendorff’s feminine perspective and poetic meanderings. Teenagers daydream. They notice details others might overlook. They’re easily hurt but often as easily healed. Krippendorff masterfully captures the essence of all this in fourteen year-old Nora.

The older crowd is busy smoking up, getting into trouble, and worrying about their physique. They are obsessed with weight loss, dieting and fat-shaming. Nora gets pulled into their world for lack of anyone else to spend time with. But the entourage doesn’t quite suit the younger girl. A reader of Judith Butler, her attention is soon re-routed during a chance encounter in a swimming pool. From there, the big questions drop. Am I abnormal? Who can I talk to about these…feelings?!

It’s a world where young girls need to consult Youtube videos to learn how to use pads and tampons. Dysfunctional parents show more interest in the bottle than in their offspring. But, a summer is just one passing moment. Enjoy it or hate it, and then move on with life. That is the overall message, hence the cocoon metaphor. Kid, you’re in metamorphosis. It’s all okay. Don’t sweat it.

Cocoon On Demand October 7th – 31st, 2020

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