“I feel that most girls suffer from not seeing each other”. Esen says behind his back as we watch the scene where he and his friends are standing by the bonfire. Well, he and his two friends, all around 16 years old, look – and sound – like never before.
Britney says she’s always dated older people because she insists. “I’m mature enough to grow up.” Aaloni is a tough girl who is independent and takes nothing. Autumn says she is different from other girls because she drinks but doesn’t get drunk and thinks before acting.
For the next 80 minutes, which will last roughly one summer of your life. You will challenge all of these claims. But they are stupid like all young people, and they are bored and traumatized. And you will forgive them and maybe love them a little.
The documentary’s opening frame tells:
Two girls take selfies while an older boy hangs out with a machine gun and pistol for small target training. We watch Autumn, Aaloni and Britney partying and lying down.
Also zipping up their backs (it’s just a fact of life, they say). By building sandcastles, jumping into swimming holes. And poking their n*pples (luckily, their graphic details are nowhere to be seen on camera).
They say that their boyfriend was raped “in principle”. But the guy who did it “just like that”: then everyone shrugged and started talking about something else. Are our boys still boys?
We saw him at a party with some of the older boys, 18, 19, 20; they had guns and motorbikes, and they smashed the pills on the table and sniffed the dust. We see night photos of girls running away from their homes. Like the eerie hum of music on the soundtrack, representing an imminent threat to well, from what? Violence? It should look like this.
Soon we had no choice but to listen carefully while the three directors shared their experiences. Autumn is repeatedly s*xually assaulted while her mother watches from the other side. He is now in therapy and lives with his ailing father, who is connected to an oxygen cylinder.
He says his girlfriend is respectful and knows everything about him; we see him asleep in bed with his hands in his shirt; he will leave before the end of the documentary. Britney lives with her older boyfriend and occasionally comes home to spend time with family, which she finds pointless.
Their parents just got drunk and argued?
In his youth, he was also repeatedly s*xually abused. Aalon’s mother is the protagonist, a girl, and she stands by her husband, Aalon’s father. He is mainly related to his time in the army during tough times.
And its long absence and subsequent PTSD weighed it down. Aaloni and his brothers do not like their father; we hear him yelling at Aaloni from the camera. And almost refusing to listen to him as he tries to share his feelings. That’s the truth about the lives of these girls.
Cusp is a provocative and exciting documentary. Parker and Betancourt capture the lives and environments of their subjects with touching. The poetic images that amplify the intimacy of the film. The creators capture precisely what the title says: Three girls on the verge of growing up.
Sometimes they throw mud like children. Elsewhere, they’re constantly drinking and smoking and talking. About how often they’re forced to do things adults do before they’re ready. Yes, that includes nearly all s*xual activity – which the three girls do freely and freely.
Open, seems an implicit trust in filmmakers. You have to earn this trust. After all, someone listened to them, and the director gave them a platform. To be “seen” in the language of the times.
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But it’s also a significant risk Essen, Brittany, and Aaloni take:
By opening up to potential exploitation. The film doesn’t use girls as a warning theme so that other parents can scare their kids. It is dangerous to portray them as representatives of a troubled generation. Or as examples of the consequences of poor and negligent upbringing.
Of course, in many of the girls’ conversations about s*xual consent, the film involves a male-dominated culture; They all conclude that “no” means so little in their world. That the men in their lives are too strong to resist. And our hearts break for them.
Perhaps Cusp shows how teens who grew up with social media. And modern tech tools feel so comfortable in front of the camera that they don’t bother sharing. But as we get into the broader subject. We must remember that this is a film about Autumn, Brittany, and Aaloni, a statistic in the larger world.
A world documenting cases of abuse, self-harm. And drug use by teens. But I want to know what they have to do to prevent this from happening again. They talk, like most teenagers, about getting out of their situation. But in their case, it rarely feels so urgent and necessary