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Molly Manning Walker

How to Have Sex

98' - 2023 - Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: Molly Manning Walker Composer: James Jacob With: Mia McKenna-Bruce, Samuel Bottomley, Daisy Jelley, Laura Ambler
A powerful reflection on consent, this energetic debut confidently paves a way between Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers and Charlotte Wells' Aftersun.

"Best! Holiday! Ever!" After a miserably long school year and in post-exam ecstasy, three 16-year-old besties arrive in Crete. Packed with flashy outfits and fragrant sunscreen, the friends head to an overcrowded resort town in search of experiences to satisfy their hunger for what should represent (a carefree version of) adulthood. Hostility lurks in the opposite hotel room, however, when one of the guests recklessly oversteps Tara's (Mia McKenna-Bruce) boundaries. Debuting filmmaker and established cinematographer Molly Manning Walker drew on memories of her holidays from her youth to bring us this punishing but (sadly, often) painfully recognisable story with which she won the young talent award at Cannes. It seems that we can never learn enough about sex and, more importantly, our responsibilities towards each other.

How to Have Sex resists much of the obvious confrontation and catharsis you’d expect in movies of this type, instead trading in the thwarted impulses and micro-reactions of real life, and it’s all the more devastating for it.” - Variety

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Credits

Director

Molly Manning Walker

Composer

James Jacob

With

Mia McKenna-Bruce, Samuel Bottomley, Daisy Jelley, Laura Ambler

Scenario

Molly Manning Walker

Director of Photography

Nicolas Canniccioni

Editor

Fin Oates

Producer

Emily Leo, Ivana MacKinnon, Konstantinos Kontovrakis

Production studios

British Film Institute (BFI)

Distributor

Imagine Film Distribution

More information

Dialogue

English

Countries of production

Greece, United Kingdom

Year

2023

Filmography

Molly Manning Walker
The Worlds My Oyster (short, 2016), The Forgotten C (short, 2020), Good Thanks, You? (short, 2020), How to Have Sex (2023)

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