I, like most people, instantly fell in love with Mackenzie Davis when she broke out in AMC’s fantastic series Halt and Catch Fire (a show you should be watching), and since then she has been popping up all over the place (Davis was just cast in Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner sequel!). So, naturally, I was excited to learn that she’s not only leading an indie horror film directed by V/H/S star Sophia Takal, but the film itself has been receiving some high praise throughout its festival run—awesome! Always Shine sees Davis alongside Caitlin FitzGerald as Beth and Anna, two women whose ideas of success are dictated as much by external cultural criterion as their own sense of self-worth.
Always Shine opens in select theaters on December 2nd.
Two women, both actresses with differing degrees of success, travel north from Los Angeles to Big Sur for a weekend vacation in Always Shine, Sophia Takal’s twisty, psychological drama. Both see the trip as an opportunity to reconnect after years of competition and jealousy has driven a wedge between them,but upon arrival to their isolated, forest retreat, the pair discovers that their once intimate friendship has deteriorated into forced conversations, betrayals both real and imagined, petty jealousies, and deep-seated resentment. As the women allow their feelings to fester, each begins to lose their bearings not only on the true nature of their relationship, but on their own identities.
It also stars Caitlin FitzGerald, Lawrence Michael Levine, Khan Baykal, Alexander Koch, Michael Lowry, and Colleen Camp.