Adolescence is no nirvana in '90s-set indie drama 'As You Are'

Los Angeles Times 

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte makes his feature directorial debut with the striking, haunting exploration of teen angst and sexuality, "As You Are," co-written with Madison Harrison. Joris-Peyrafitte uses the early 1990s as the background for this tale of a deadly love triangle, where jealously cuts in unexpected ways. It's an analog version of youth, devoid of cellphones and computers, only themselves to amuse or torment in real life. Charlie Heaton (a River Phoenix look-alike) costars as Mark, alongside Owen Campbell as Jack, pals thrown together when their parents start dating. Interspersed throughout, acting as a story guide, is VHS footage of a taped police interview in which Mark is notably absent, imbuing an eerie sense of foreboding and ephemerality to the heady friendship-love story.

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