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[Tribeca '21] 'Poser' review: Intimate character study is subtly captivating

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[Tribeca ’21] ‘Poser’ review: Intimate character study is subtly captivating

Damn the witch siren.

Poser is a Tribeca Film Festival world premiere that takes place on the music and art scene of Columbus, Ohio. Lennon (Sylvie Mix) is a podcaster who quietly hangs out on the fringes. When she meets Bobbi Kitten (playing herself), Lennon finds the confidence to enter the world she has followed so passionately. But will Lennon’s secret keep her from becoming a part of the underground music scene? 

Mix is able to command attention without overpowering the rest of the movie.. From the moment she is introduced, Lennon is a fascinating character. She is reserved and seems just as intent on soaking in the atmosphere of the scene she wants to be a part of. It is a neat combination of a person who is inquisitive but also seems to know exactly what they are doing. 

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[Tribeca '21] 'Poser' review: Intimate character study is subtly captivating

Poser presents its audience a different type of thriller. The story moves at a methodical pace. Writer and co-director Noah Dixon (Ori Segev also directed the film)  create an accessible world and characters. The focus is on the what, where, and who of the film. What makes the story so powerful is how effortlessly it draws the audience into its narrative.

This leads to what seems to be a personal tale about discovery. Bobbi is helping Lennon to escape the box she has put herself in. For her part, Lennon is eager to try more things while still staying within her comfort zone. Poser slyly reveals the darker aspects of its story. A loving glance here and a deeply intimate song there are hints there may be more to Lennon than she has let on. The plot flows naturally as things begin to unravel in Lennon’s life. The final moments bring the film full circle in a shocking and satisfying conclusion.

The Tribeca Film Festival takes place from June 9 – June 20

[Tribeca '21] 'Poser' review: Intimate character study is subtly captivating
[Tribeca ’21] ‘Poser’ review: Intimate character study is subtly captivating
Poser
The strong writing will draw audiences in initially. Great characters keep things interesting as the story culminates in a well done finish.
Reader Rating1 Vote
9.8
Mix does a fantastic job.
Great soundtrack
The character driven story may turn some away
8
Good

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