LADYWORLD – Review by Carol Cling

Ladyworld may be a new cinematic destination, but the territory it explores is hardly uncharted. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before (and you have): disparate characters, stranded together and struggling for survival following a cataclysmic event. Some scenarios focus on the group’s collective battle against the elements. Ladyworld follows another, equally familiar tradition: group members battling each other.

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Filmmaker Amanda Kramer talks LADYWORLD — Alexandra Heller-Nicholas interviews

American filmmaker Amanda Kramer’s feature-length directorial debut Ladyworld is a masterclass in how to do a lot with a little. Proudly lo-fi and not afraid of showing it, the premise of the film is at first deceptively simple. A group of eight teenage girls are unexpectedly trapped in a house after a sudden earthquake. Highly theatrical in nature, as the girls face the reality of their situation their psyches begin to fray in different ways, ultimately factionalizing into two groups defined by what they imagine (or do they?) is the presence of a man in the house, who embodies physical threat to many of them more than the reality of their situation.

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