Unpopped Kernels: Princess Cyd (2017)

Dear regular film viewer.

Do you appreciate lovely things? You know what I mean; those types of movies where the a warm pit of emotion curls within your stomach and crawls across your skin like a adoring cinematic embrace. Through the gritty action flicks, the grittier dramas, and just the grit, occasionally films come around that butterfly within you and make you soar. A lot of these are beautiful LGBT dramas. From God’s Own Country to Love, Simon, there are loads of sweetly intense movies, excavating everything we adore about love, age, and relationships.

Nestled in the heart of Netflix is an impressive coming of age story that is set to pour gooey loveliness into your soul. And that film is Princess Cyd. 

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Directed by Stephen Cone, this dreamily filmed drama is set in the beating heart of Chicago. The movie revolves around the titular niece who goes to visited her somewhat estranged aunt Miranda on the whim of her depressed father, looking for colleges and to explore opportunities in the city. Cyd and her aunt Miranda are different free spirits yet in very different ways; the former is an exuberant confident teen who strives to live a full life whereas successful writer Miranda has curved into a quieter life of books, authors, poetry, and education. Whilst the pair are at odds with one another, the friction is set to open them both up to different view points.

This unassuming and quiet film is a hotbed of passionate emotions and an impeccable character study on both the women. Looking at the pair from different sides, both rocked by a tragedy, the movie follows them as they learn from one another. Perhaps to be a little freer from ones insecurities, perhaps to be a little bit more empathetic to those living a different lifestyle, but together they’ll find an common ground – an anchor in which their relationship can float. It is a movie teaming with the shifts, telling us that, no matter what age, you can still learn and you can most definitely learn from those younger than you as well as older. Played beautifully well by Jessie Pinnick (Cyd) and Rebecca Spence (Miranda,) the movies core base is an exceptional one as Cone delicately weaves his script through sentiment, growth, and sexuality.

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The haze of how it is shot is truly breath-taking too. The soft tones of the Chicago Summer broods alongside these women as they find their own voice and current. Zoe White brings out the pinkness of Cyd’s world and the city as well as a pastel palette for the story. It works well, matching the laziness of a summer away vibe. Princess Cyd us luscious to look at, teaming with gorgeous beauty.

Princess Cyd feels real, grounded in it’s well developed women and absolutely impeccable sexual awakening. There is never a massive judgement on the pair as a viewer and you never feel pulled between them. This is an honest and open film depicting how one can still change and adapt to different situations.

On a final note, there is an absolutely wonderful “soiree” here where Miranda’s writing friends come to her house to read favourite passages and scriptures over wine, food, and conversation. It turns to sexuality where admittance is met with acceptance in barely a shoulder shrug and a smile. It is absolutely my favourite party sequence in any movie ever.

Princess Cyd is available on Netflix. 

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