SHAPELESS (Nightstream Fest 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Samantha Aldana’s Shapeless (2021), co-written and starring Kelly Murtagh who brought her own experience of bulimia to the film, is undeniably brave and compelling. Murtagh stars as Ivy, an aspiring singer in New Orleans who fronts her struggling band at night and works in a laundry by day. Her bulimia remains wholly invisible from those around her and defaulting to finding socially acceptable ways to work it around her peers without arousing suspicion or concern is second nature to her. But like so much in life, Ivy’s bulimia seems manageable until, suddenly, it is not.

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