Sophie Takal's Always Shine is an intricate film that examines the jealousy between two friends and rival actresses as a weekend away in a secluded cabin goes terrifyingly awry.
"One thing that was really important to me about making Always Shine was to address these feelings of inadequacy that a lot of women and men feel about not fitting into these traditional gender roles," says Takal to Flavorwire. "Women feel so compelled to be perfect or else they won’t be loved. Feeling jealousy is an imperfection and I think a lot of women feel it and don’t want to admit it. This is what’s going on for Anna [Mackenzie Davis' in the movie — to me is that she’s not allowing herself to fully feel this, she’s so ashamed of it that it’s coming out in these perverted, violent ways."
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