Best friends—introspective Lilly and free-spirited Gerry—spend their last summer at home in New York City before parting ways for college. The girls meet Brooklyn boy David, whom they both fall for, and Lilly soon begins a secret relationship with him. As Lilly’s home life falls apart after she discovers her father’s affair and Gerry becomes more obsessed with David, Lilly seeks solace in her first romance. However, a tragedy in Gerry’s family catapults Lilly back into reality, and she must face the consequences of her actions.
Very Good Girls is a refreshing representation of contemplative, smart, and curious teenage girls, who experience their everyday lives with a sophistication and grace that most of their peers lack. Naomi Foner’s intimate story emanates a raw nostalgia for that painful time when we waver precariously between adolescence and young adulthood. - R. K.
About the Director
Naomi Foner has been a working screenwriter for more than 30 years. She received an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe, and a Pen West award for her screenplay for Running on Empty (1988). She has amazing friends and remarkable children and grandchildren, and is extremely grateful for the ways they enrich her life. Very Good Girls is her first film as a director, and she could never have done it without their support.
Cast and Credits
Director: Naomi Foner
Screenwriter: Naomi Foner
Executive Producers: Hawk Koch, Gale Anne Hurd, Lee Clay, Peter Graves
Producers: Norton Herrick, Michael London, Mary Jane Skalski, Janice Williams
Cinematographer: Bobby Bukowski
Production Designer: Sharon Lomofsky
Composer: Jenny Lewis
Principal Cast: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin
THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL IS ONE PROGRAM OF SUNDANCE INSTITUTE, A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT
DISCOVERS AND SUPPORTS INDEPENDENT FILM AND THEATRE ARTISTS FROM THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORD
AND INTRODUCES AUDIENCES TO THEIR NEW WORK.