It inspired by the own experience of the developers, Tatiana von Fürstenberg and Francesca Gregorini, lesbian, since both were in boarding schools.
In a Q&A about the movie, von Fürstenberg said she "relates the most to the character of Kate" because her "sexuality [...] was really more of an extension of play."
She also added that "Fernanda is an aspiration character. Because she is reserved, and not attention seeking" and she felt "always intrigued by people like that, and curious to know what was behind their stillness."
This movie is the first feature film for these two singers and filmakers.
As Fernanda (Rooney Mara) enters her senior year at Tanner Hall, a sheltered boarding school in New England, she’s faced with unexpected changes in her group of friends when a childhood acquaintance, the charismatic yet manipulative trouble-maker Victoria (Georgia King), appears.
Shy and studious, Fernanda is usually the voice of reason among her friends, adventurous and sexy Kate (Brie Larsen) and tomboy Lucasta (Amy Ferguson), but when she begins a complicated friendship with Gio (Tom Everett Scott), an older family friend, she decides it’s finally time to take some risks.
Jealous of Fernanda’s exciting relationship, Victoria begins to sabotage Fernanda’s plans and plots to publicly humiliate her.
Meanwhile, Lucasta struggles with her newfound feelings towards another classmate, and mischievous Kate is too preoccupied with making her teachers nervous to pay much attention to her actual classes.
However, as each of the girls flirt with adulthood, they realize they still need each other to help get through their first grown-up decisions,
and the consequences they bring.
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