Elizabeth Wood’s insane and electrifying new flick “White Girl” is wowwwww!
Elizabeth Wood’s directorial debut, the radical, riveting and hardcore “White Girl,” doesn’t relent for even a second. Inspired by (and roughly based on) Elizabeth’s own experiences attending college in NYC, the film follows Leah (Morgan Saylor), a semi-spoiled white chick whose semi-naive worldview gets walloped as she’s forced to confront a tsunami of severe circumstances. After moving to a Queens neighborhood her freshman year, Leah falls hard for Blue (rapper Brian “Sene” Marc), a dapper Puerto Rican drug peddler who sweeps her off her feet and into a kinetic cauldron of cocaine-snorting, screwing and sordidness. This movie is a penetrating portrait of NYC youth (akin to Larry Clark’s “Kids” or Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers”) capturing a world beyond ordinary taboos and adolescent transgressions. The script is an existential scramble of freaky and fierce, depicting a no-joke sense of nihilism along with endless drug-addled debauchery, sexual predation, murder, mayhem and all-out madness. Morgan Saylor (maybe you know her from Homeland) does a bang-up job taking a deep dive into some really dark places, and her supporting star, India Menuez (she’s sooooooo cute, omg!), is authentic, angelic and awesome. Elizabeth Wood delivers a hyper-provocative powder keg of a picture and aptly explores uncomfy themes like power-lust, sexuality, race, rape and psychopathy to our delight. “White Girl”, which premiered earlier at the Sundance Film Festival, is in theaters now. Wowww!