Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Sweetheart

Year: 2021
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Language: English
Run Time: 103 minutes

Sweetheart
Sweetheart
Sweetheart
Sweetheart
Sweetheart

At the wise old age of 17, AJ has the world figured out: it’s all going to hell, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Perpetually apathetic, AJ is dreading the annual family vacation, where the pool, beach, and family-friendly stage shows were once the highlight of her year. Dragged to the modest holiday trailer park by her mother against her angsty will, AJ’s joined by: her nine-year-old sister Dana, in all her ignorant innocence; her perfectly pregnant older sister Lucy; and Lucy’s boyfriend Steve, who seems to be the only one who remotely understands AJ. Determined to hate every minute of the trip, AJ finally musters a smile after meeting Isla, the park’s alluring lifeguard donned in chlorine and Converse. The two become fast friends, but Isla’s mixed signals and AJ’s fumbling insecurity leave AJ wondering if they could be more. An ode to those coming-of-age years, when you’re simultaneously the smartest and most clueless version of yourself, SWEETHEART is the unforgettable summer fling worth the sunburn. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Upper Allen

Saturday, April 09, 2022 at 11:50 AM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Sidebars
Comedies
Queer Cinema
Women of the World

Competitions
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition

Director

Director
Marley Morrison

Producer
Michelle Antoniades

Screenwriting
Marley Morrison

Cinematography
Matt Wicks, Emily Almond Barr

Editing
Keelan Gumbley

Principal Cast
Nell Barlow, Ella-Rae Smith, Jo Hartley

Film Contact

Community Partner

PFLAG Cleveland

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