When her first sexual experience doesn’t go as planned, a teenage girl confides in her best friend to make sense of it all. As for the boy she slept with, well he can’t muster much post-coital comforting beyond offering her a gogurt. Either way, losing her virginity felt more like a Vice article than a Gilmore Girls episode, she admits, and she’s shaken up by that.
Attuned to the way teenagers actually speak and behave, the short film captures the confusing drift of the high school years, but also its humor. The suburban setting is captured perfectly as well — the wide empty streets, the surface peace and quiet. But underneath, there's discontent. Dad’s lawnmower won’t start. Mom really needs a cigarette. And their teenager daughter is coming of age.
Director Hilary Bell shows great promise. Gogurt is authentic as they come, and beautifully illustrates both the best friend dynamic, and the family one — she barely talks to her parents and casually calls her brother a sociopath, though neither of these mean much beyond the obligatory ‘my family is annoying’ sentiment required of that age. In the end, the film works because Bell doesn’t exaggerate her story. It's filled with gravity not because it's trying to be, but because it's true to its characters and the moments it encapsulates. (7 minutes) WINNER, Grand Jury Prize for Best Student Short, Nashville Film Festival 2016. OFFICIAL SELECTION, Short of the Week. OFFICIAL SELECTION, Nashville Film Festival 2016. Main Site: http://www.gogurtmovie.com/