The world loves telling teenage girls what to do with their own bodies – don’t wear this, don’t take that, if you end up with another life inside you then you absolutely must have it. If you were being glib and reductive, you might call NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS the anti-JUNO, but it’s so much more than that. Naturalistic and raw and moving, we are kept sometimes uncomfortably close to Autumn (the incredible Sidney Flanagan) as we follow her and her friend’s gruelling journey from Pennsylvania to New York to have an abortion without her parents finding out. This never feels anything less than completely real, standing in for so many young women’s painful experiences, their distress at being deprived of choice. If the “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” scene doesn’t get you, then you’re made of stone. SSP
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