[ALWAYS SHINE is now playing in Cleveland exclusively at Tower City Cinemas and available on VOD.]
Review by Bob Ignizio
Friends Anna (Mackenzie Davis) and Beth (Caitlin Fitzgerald) are both actresses, with Beth being the more successful of the two. They also share in common encounters with pervasive sexism both at work and in day to day life. Despite her relative success, Beth still finds herself forced to take roles that require a fair amount of nudity. She's uncomfortable with it, but she needs to pay the bills. Anna still works a day job, and even though her boss makes a habit of sharing his inappropriate fantasies with her, she feels like she can't complain or quit. We see other examples, such as when Anna complains about being taken by a mechanic, and is told the mechanic would have given her a refund if she had behaved in a more "ladylike" fashion. So it's fairly clear from the outset that Sophia Takal's ALWAYS SHINE will be exploring feminist themes.