Directed by: Camilla Strøm Henriksen
Run time: 86 minutes
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Grimly authentic portrait of a dysfunctional family and its effects on the younger members
Newcomer Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin delivers a deeply moving performance as Jill, a girl on the cusp of her 14th birthday, who has taken on the role of her family’s sole parental figure.
Phoenix fearlessly charts the horrors of living with a parent suffering from mental illness, exacerbated by substance abuse. Jill’s teenaged resilience and resourcefulness is evident, but so too is the cost of being forced to grow up too quickly.
Heartbreaking and courageous, Phoenix is a powerful debut establishing its director as one to watch.