American Dreams / International premiere

I Believe in Unicorns

  • Leah Meyerhoff /
  • USA /
  • 2014 /
  • 80 mins

Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz, Toni Meyerhoff / Fiction / English

A sensitive and poetic road movie.

Davina is an imaginative teenage girl who escapes from the realities of caring for her disabled mother into a fairy-tale-inspired fantasy life. She looks for another kind of escape in a new relationship with the charming denizen of a grungy rock-club underworld. Aware he has a volatile side from which even unicorns may fail to save her, Davina still chooses to take off with him on a journey of no certain destination. A fresh look at adolescent romance, touched with a delicacy and magic rare in films. [15]

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  • #1 Sarah Gundry / Sunday 29 June, 2014 / 18:01 GMT

    Sometimes the film description can be deceiving and leave one feeling let down. Every word above describes the film aptly and beautifully. It was a sensitive and poetic insight into the life of a young girl/woman who has, because she had too much responsibility as she has grown up, slipped into the world of fairy stories as respite from reality. The darkness of the grunge world and boyfriend mirror her inner light without being "cheesy". And the way the film and girl resolve the situation is credible and offers "middle-aged" parents like me hope in their display of both insight and common sense. Thank you for such a magical film.

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