Part coming-of-age story and part slow-burn thriller, this 2018 film introduces us to Sadie, a troubled teen who lives in a trailer park with her mother, while longing for her
Part coming-of-age story and part slow-burn thriller, this 2018 film introduces us to Sadie, a troubled teen who lives in a trailer park with her mother, while longing for her absent soldier father. She might not stop at anything to get what she wants. Megan Griffiths’ Sadie has been called “disquieting,” “absorbing” and populated with characters “on the darker edges of their lives.”
SADIE is the story of a 13-year-old girl who lives at Shady Plains Trailer Park with her mother while her father serves repeated tours in the military. Her dad has broken many promises that he will return, but Sadie (Sophia Mitri Schloss) idolizes him and believes in his cause, so she waits, preserving his place on the home-front.
Less patient is her mom, Rae (Melanie Lynskey,) who stopped receiving letters or calls from her husband years ago. She has been half-heartedly dating the counselor from Sadie’s school, Bradley (Tony Hale,) but it isn’t until a mysterious newcomer moves in next door that she truly considers moving on. Rae’s best friend is Carla (Danielle Brooks,) who works at the local bar and has a penchant for unavailable men. Danielle’s son Francis (Keith L. Williams,) and her retired father Deak (Tee Dennard) are Sadie’s charge and confidante, respectively. Francis, bullied at school, relies on Sadie for protection and guidance. Deak, stationed outside with his whittling, connects with Sadie’s old soul. The arrival of Cyrus (John Gallagher, Jr.) disrupts the balance of life at Shady Plains. When Sadie sees the relationship developing between Cyrus and Rae, she pledges to come between them, whatever it takes.
Sadie has always tested boundaries. Mainly at school, where she is in a protracted battle with Francis’s bully and a war of wits with her teachers. But with her new mission she pushes into new territory she is not equipped to handle. Cyrus becomes the enemy, and if she’s learned nothing else from the world she inhabits, it’s that the enemy deserves no mercy.
About the filmmaker: Megan Griffiths (Writer/Director) is a writer/director working in film and television. She recently directed two episodes of the Duplass Brothers’ HBO anthology series ROOM 104 and an episode of the Epix comedy GRAVES, starring Nick Nolte. Prior to this, she wrote and directed the thriller THE NIGHT STALKER, starring Lou Diamond Phillips as serial killer Richard Ramirez.
Her film LUCKY THEM starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church and Johnny Depp premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was distributed by IFC Films. Megan’s film EDEN, based on the true story of a young woman captured into the world of human trafficking, was a breakout at SXSW 2012, winning the Emergent Narrative Director Award, the Audience Award for Narrative Feature as well as a Special Jury Prize for lead actress Jamie Chung. Megan’s feature THE OFF HOURS, distributed by Film Movement, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Megan was the recipient of the 2012 Stranger Genius Award for Film, was named the 2013 City Arts Film Artist of the Year, and received the 2015 Seattle Mayor’s Award for Film. She is the vice president of the board of the Northwest Film Forum and is an active advocate for sustainable production.
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