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The Sweet East


“Little Bo Peep has lost her way”



A hilarious road-wandering satire of American absurdity featuring Jacob Elordi, Simon Rex and Ayo Edebiri, The Sweet East marks the directorial debut of prolific cinematographer Sean Price Williams (Good Time, Her Smell, Jobe’z World) as well as the first feature written by film critic Nick Pinkerton. Lillian (Talia Ryder), a New Jersey high-schooler, bails from a class trip to Washington D.C. and falls in with the first of several groups that try to win her to their causes. Her trip down the rabbit-hole passes through the home of an Edgar Allen Poe scholar with retrograde politics (Rex), a whirlwind trip to New York City where she is swept up by a pair of filmmakers (Ebidiri and Jeremy O. Harris), a subsequent film shoot with Jacob Elordi, a camp of sexually repressed militant extremists, and more. All the while Lillian takes these strange characters in her stride, maintaining a disconnected blasé aura – just there for the ride and whatever she can gain from them.

A riotous Alice In Wondermerica

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A thoroughly pungent, scabrously funny kind of nightmare picaresque


Why You Should See This Film

Boasting an incredible lineup of talents, including soundscapes by frequent David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley, The Sweet East has been one of our most anticipated films since it debuted at Cannes last year. And what a raucous ride it is! Bringing a palpable freshness and keen eye for comedic timing to the director’s chair, Sean Price Williams’ signature dynamic camerawork is also as crisp and rich as ever, capturing the chaos beautifully. But the real star of the show is Talia Ryder, who leads this wild adventure with a grounding and totally winning ambivalence, embodying a generation of disaffected youth in a crazed society.

Sean Price Williams
Talia Ryder, Jacob Elordi, Ayo Edebiri, Simon Rex, Earl Cave, Jeremy O. Harris, Rish Shah
105 minutes

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