Posted by Saloni Drolia
“It is not a handicap to have one thing but not another
To be one way and not another
We are different shapes and ways and our happiness is unique
There are no rules of balance”
Miranda’s dialogue seems to encapsulate the spirit of the awkward-yet-delicate coming-of- age movie ‘Princess Cyd’. This Stephen Cone movie sends one sole message –be yourself, unabashedly. When 16 year old Cyd (Jessie Pinnick) comes to live with her aunt ( Rebecca Spence) and, with cheerful nonchalance, announces, “I don’t read”, she is in a book-lined room with half of them written by her aunt Miranda. Their literary divide is one of several obvious differences between the two. But what might have devolved into cutesy odd-couple territory instead moves in unexpected directions after Miranda gives a brief introductory speech on spirituality and Cyd keeps interrupting her. Their rapport, henceforth, sings false. After the storm clouds pass, the movie has a refreshing take on Cyd’s sexuality which her aunt is unfazed by.
Princess Cyd is a film in which strangers are open and kind and where friends, in a casual ritual of spiritual communion, gather to share meals and read literary passages to one another. The film builds a believable sense of awakening around its well-played central duo, who undergo physical awakenings in different ways during their time together.
While Miranda is contentedly unattached, Cyd explores her sexuality in a multifaceted manner. She has a sort-of boyfriend back home, and shares a hot and heavy moment with a handsome neighbour (Matthew Quattrocki) of Miranda’s. But it’s Katie (Malic White), a mohawked barista with an exceptionally warm gaze, who truly captures her attention.
The breezy lack of self-consciousness with which Cyd carries a tuxedo will leave more than a few teenagers envious and yet the movie radiates a soul warming and emotionally satisfying aura. However, two major dramatic events of the movie have been left in the background, out of the actual cinematography which, at times, does pinch about the false sense of realism but overall, the film feels like it’s willing the world to be a benevolent place the characters can believe in.
There is not a lot to watch in Princess Cyd, but it is difficult to watch the film without feeling changed. The normalcy with which the film treats its subject is a much needed relief in an industry dominated by action and drama.
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