As You Are

Miles Joris-PeyrafitteUSA110 minutes201614AColourEnglishToronto Premiere

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The debut feature from filmmaker Miles Joris-Peyrafitte is a story of teen angst and self-discovery, as two teenage boys come to terms with their sexuality and find themselves.

Intro and Q&A with director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

As You Are traces the relationship between three teenagers in 1994 Middle America as they recount disparate memories of the time leading up to a police investigation.

Jack (Owen Campbell) is a shy, sensitive teen who lives in a small rural town with his single mom. When she starts dating Tom, a former US Marine, Jack forms an immediate bond with Tom's son Mark. A pot-smoking outcast who loves rock 'n' roll and hates just about everything else, Mark's relationship with Jack progresses from friendship to something more. After being attacked by a group of bullies at a local diner, Jack and Mark meet Sarah (Amandla Stenberg), a smart, confident girl who joins their crew.

The trio's story unfolds through a series of flashbacks and intermittent scenes of taped police interview room footage. We see the teens skip school, smoke pot, and shoot guns — each moment imbued with suspense and foreboding. The debut feature by 23-year-old filmmaker Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, As You Are is a story of teen angst and self-discovery — of two teenage boys coming to terms with their sexuality and finding themselves.

IKORO HUGGINS-WARNER

You'll love this movie for its unique take on self-discovery during the early-'90s grunge scene. — Alyssa Fuerte, TIFF Next Wave Committee

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