Cinema: High Hopes

GIRL FRIENDS

Directed by Claudia Weill

Screenplay by Vicki Polon

Girl Friends is very easy to admire—from a distance. Shot on a shoestring budget with mostly unsung actors, this film was made by a young woman director working outside the studio system. Claudia Weill, co-director of Shirley Mac-Laine's documentary The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir, raised the money for Girl Friends herself, then hawked the movie to distributors (eventually landing Warner Bros.). Although the film's real subject is female friendship, Weill is not a dogmatic feminist. Girl Friends tells of both...

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