NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
Niemals Selten Manchmal Immer
This cinema pearl hits the heart: a sensitively told plea for self determination
USA 2020 Directed & written by Eliza Hittman. Fiction. 102 min. Engl. OmU. Released for audiences from 6 years of age. Recommended for audiences from 15 years of age.
Autumn is 17 – and pregnant. She does not want a child, at least not now. For an abortion she needs the consent of her parents, but her parents cannot not find out about her pregnancy. Therefore, her and her cousin drive to New York to abort the child without her parents knowing. New York is big and foreign to the girls, and not everything goes as planned. Told in a calm manner, the movie does not include a lot of dialogue, but focuses on close up moments and the outstanding actresses. With the title scene, the director has created one of the most haunting film scenes: a strong feminist plea – honest, tender and moving – that never becomes a social problem film and shows what it means to have to fight for a self-determined life as a young woman.
Eliza Hittman (*1979, New York City) holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts and is currently Assistant Professor of “Film/Video” at the Pratt Institute. With her previous feature film BEACH RATS, nominated in Locarno, she won the directing prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2017 and a Grand Jury Prize at the L.A. Outfest. In NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS, she once again tells with great empathy about the self-discovery of young people in a difficult situation.
2020 NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS | 2017 BEACH RATS | 2013 IT FELT LIKE LOVE | 2011 FOREVER’S GONNA START TONIGHT (Short film) | 2009 TRICKSTER (Short film)