SHAPELESS – Review by Liz Braun

Shapeless, directed by Samantha Aldana, stars Kelly Murtagh as a woman struggling with mental health issues that make themselves known through disordered eating. Murtagh co-wrote the script (with Bryce Parsons-Twesten) based on her own experiences with bulimia. As Ivy, she plays a singer in New Orleans, performing with a small group by night and working at a dry cleaners by day. Her endless struggle with her eating disorder is the focus; Ivy sings the blues, literally and figuratively, throughout the film.

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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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