This short is such a gorgeously curated film (for Miu Miu) I just needed to share it.

Gabrielle Union has never looked so wonderful; images are so striking partly because there is no audible dialogue. There is a wonderful fusion of various music in the film helping to convey the journey of emotions the protagonist (Union) goes through from beginning to end, and its nice to see a collection of successful black actresses, brilliant black actresses doing something different and interesting…all looking good in what I think is Miu Miu.

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What a brilliant cast of women; all bringing their own unique qualities to the little but clearly precious parts they play in the leading lady’s life. The film pays tribute to them all; the relationships between women is so convoluted and sacred, we never have one that is ever the same, that’s not possible. Each woman has a purpose in our lives. I know i call on certain friends for particular reasons, and this film showcases that so expertly.

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I love Adepero Oduye’s (Pariah) character as the concerned, no-nonsense strong friend/sister role. The one who can tell you about yourself to knock you into line. She does it all with love.

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They all do; Emayatazy Corinealdi the Sanguine good-time friend;

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Goapele (who treats us to a beautiful song, and the only diegetic sound in the film) as the sweet, optimistic friend. The ever-graceful Alfre Woodard takes on the role as the nurturing mother – it’s also the one character who doesn’t turn up at the door but is sought out by Union’s character; the ultimate female bond to trump them all right? (usually).

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Ava DuVernay is a fantastic director who gained critical acclaim for her second feature Middle of Nowhere (also starring Corinealdiat the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. DuVernay went on to win the Best Director accolade making history as the first African-American woman to do so. *Love* I can’t wait to see her produce some more work, giving actresses who may not usually be given an opportunity to lead in decent indy productions like their caucasian counterparts. I’m not saying its her endgame but I do think she is broadening the spectrum in an industry that chooses to portray blacks (women mostly) in a very generic and one-sided way: Sexy, Sassy, Big, Sassy, Sexy, Crazy.



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