• “There Had Never Been A Really Realistic Depiction of the Teenage Girl Experience As I Remembered It”: Director Susan Skoog Looks Back on Whatever

    10 days ago - By Filmmaker Magazine

    Susan Skoog's underappreciated teen drama Whatever opens on a moonlit image of two lovers on a field of grass, he on top of her, in what appears to be flagrante delicto - but which is revealed shortly after to be a train run on an unsuspecting teenage girl. Disenchantment is the bedrock of Skoog's unsparing debut, released by Sony Pictures Classics in 1998 but taking place in the early '80s. Liza Weil - most famous as Paris Geller on Gilmore Girls - stars as Anna, a 17-year-old who loves listening to Chrissie Hynde, smoking Newports, partying and painting. She dreams...
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