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‘Wildflower’ Review: Kiernan Shipka Plays the Daughter of Neurodivergent Parents in an Endearing Coming-of-Age Film

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Like the obedient older child, Matt Smockler’s debut feature, Wildflower It adheres to its own genre conventions. A racy coming-of-age story that tells the story of Pia, a simple teen who talks life with dissenting parents, featuring tumultuous high school drama, cheeky romance with a shy love interest, and battles with a valiant best friend and friend. The rippling mood of the shaky relatives is in dire need of filters. These desired rhythms are achieved through a gallery featuring iconic characters. Wildflower Inspired by the Smukler family, it may not be a drastic departure from films of the genre, but it offers burgeoning performances for both new and familiar faces.

Kiernan Shipka (from mad men And the Sabrina’s Chilling Adventures) leads a beloved cast of actors with her motion picture of Bea. We meet her character as she lies comatose in a hospital bed, surrounded by anxious family members. How it ended up is a question that drives Smukler’s tumultuous bildungsroman, which, through flashbacks, takes us through Bea’s life from childhood to the recent past, trying to piece together the moments before her hospitalization. The subconscious mind of the All-Knowing narrates these short journeys down memory lane in the voiceover.


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Before turning to the past, Wildflower It offers a glimpse into Bea’s family relationships, creeping resentment, a disjointed style of communication and the general chaos that reigns. Her feuding grandmothers Loretta (the cute Jackie Weaver) and Paige (the sharp-edged Jane Smart) won’t stop sniping at each other. In the background of their bickering, Bea’s neurotic aunt Joy (Alexandra Daddario) and her anxious husband Ben (Red Scott) beg the family to stay positive. Compared to the rest of the family, Bea’s parents, Sharon (Samantha Hyde) and Derek (Dash Mihawk), are calm and collected, and maintain a firm belief that their daughter will wake up.

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Bea (short for Bambi, Sharon’s favorite cartoon character) grew up hearing adults describe her parents as “special,” a euphemism, she later realized, for neurotic bifurcation. She tells how Sharon and Derek met, the rush of their marriage and the excitement it was born with. Although Bea’s parents were never insecure about their ability to pursue their goals (both professional and romantic), everyone was clear. Peg and Earl (Everyone loves RaymondBrad Jarrett), Sharon’s parents, struggle to trust their daughter to make her own decisions. Loretta, Derek’s mother, harbors animosity for the Sharon family but seems less upset. There is an unacknowledged but stifling assumption that new parents simply cannot do this.

But Sharon and Derek are an assertive duo. They move out of their parents’ homes in Van Nuys, California, and start alone with Bea in Las Vegas. like cian hydra kudaAnd the Wildflower It breaks down the experiences of disabled characters through a child turned nurturing. Although there are images of unrepresented experiences, the film prioritizes Bea’s perspective and our understanding of neurodiversity is filtered through her neurotypical lens. but while kuda I stayed in a straight emotional zone, Wildflower He is more flexible and more aware.

The early years of Pia’s life are full of adventure and freedom. Her first real home is located in a mobile community, where Sharon and Derek make friends with people who help out with babysitting. In the end, they saved up enough money to move to the suburbs, a move that started the feud between Bea and her parents. Exposure to life outside her immediate family changes Bea’s understanding and reduces her tolerance for Sharon and Derek. You read their laid-back attitude as clumsy and find their carefree approach to life frustrating. Ryan Keira Armstrong reassured when she was little B: there is a quiet confidence in her movements, which accurately reflects the child’s growing discontent with her parents.

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After going wrong with a driving lesson and visiting a social worker, Bee is sent to live with her Aunt Joy and Ben. Although the couple, who have two sons, teach B’s skills she has missed – swimming, for example – and introduce her to different experiences, their gang annoys her. The arrangement is short-lived.

Wildflower Fast forward to Pia’s final year, when she’s been buying school lottery tickets on the strip with her best friend Mia (Cannon) in hopes of winning a free trip to Disney. We can’t see the years between Pia’s return and the recent past, but it’s clear from her attitude that she has a renewed appreciation and understanding for her parents.

Wildflower Covers so much of the floor before getting down to the main work that parts of the front can’t help but feel like throat clearing. The film gains its footing once it settles into Bea’s recent past, chronicling her budding romance with the new boy at school, Ethan (Charlie Plummer); a rocky fight with Mia; The insistence of her guidance counselor to apply for admission to the university; And a minor quarrel with the resident girl in high school.

Hovering in the background of these interactions is a broader struggle: overcoming her condescending relationship with her parents, and, by extension, everyone around her. When Smockler focuses on this tension, WildflowerThe main characters (Bia, Sharon and Derek) gain intensity and an exciting dimension. During those scenes, Shipka, Hyde, and Mihok extend beyond beleaguered archetypes, interacting with each other rather than clichés.

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Because what is ultimately at stake is how me relates to her parents. When she begins to see them in the same light as the rest of the world, she overcompensates by turning herself into a patron. This non-coercive responsibility resurfaces childhood resentments and exposes truths that are hard to swallow. The movie culminates in a raucous bang, but it’s no spoiler to say that relationships are repaired and adjusted and Bea learns some valuable lessons along the way.

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