In a world inundated with films about angsty artists rebelling against their more traditional parents, Hearts Beat Loud is the breath of fresh air that we didn’t even know we needed. Yes, it’s another entry into the, “‘You’re giving up on your dream.’ ‘No, Dad. I’m giving up on yours,’” film canon, but with a welcome twist: 18-year-old Sam (Kiersey Clemons) wants to attend UCLA for medical school and her father, record shop owner Frank, wants her to stay in New York and start a band with him. Frank (Nick Offerman) is the quintessential goofy dad, pulling his daughter away from studying so they can “jam sesh.” He plays an old guitar, and she plays a keyboard hooked up to a Macbook; he represents old school rock, and she represents contemporary pop. Together, they make an unlikely songwriting duo called “We Are Not A Band.”
Alongside blockbusters, ABBA, and Disney nostalgia are plenty of female-directed films also hitting the big screen this summer. Here’s a list of all the women-helmed flicks coming out in June-August. All descriptions are from press materials and all release dates are U.S.
June 29 – WOMAN WALKS AHEAD dir. Susanna White
Woman Walks Ahead is a biographical film starring Jessica Chastain as Catherine Weldon, a 19th-century New York portrait painter who traveled to the Dakota Territory and became the confidante of legendary Sioux chief Sitting Bull (played by Michael Greyeyes). While serving as Sitting Bull’s secretary, interpreter, and advocate, she becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples’ struggle over the rights to their land.
Despite the rise of LGBTQ+ films in recent years, films that revolve around young lesbians remain hard one to come by. This is why Desiree Akhavan’s second feature “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” has been one of the films I was most excited to see this year after it premiered at Sundance, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It’s a film that perfectly balances comedy and drama; it is funny without being incongruous and is tragic without being exploitative.