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GOOD ONE Trailer: India Donaldson’s Sundance & Cannes Selection Arrives in August

Lily Collias in India Donaldson's GOOD ONE

Beloved by critics and festival goers all over, writer-director India Donaldson’s feature debut Good One is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. The only film to screen at both Sundance and Cannes this year, it is a coming-of-age story that centers on a teenage girl (fantastic newcomer Lily Collias) on a camping trip in the Catskills with her father (James Le Gros) and his best friend (Danny McCarthy) where she gets caught between their inner tensions and clashing egos. It is the first new release from Metrograph Pictures, which has just released the official trailer ahead of its release in theaters August 9.

HtN’s editor-at-large Matt Delman called it “[A] quietly menacing debut… The beauty of the Catskills is juxtaposed with the uncomfortable awkwardness of the 3-person party dynamic Donaldson has meticulously crafted.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

In India Donaldson’s insightful, piercing debut, 17-year-old Sam (Collias) embarks on a three-day backpacking trip in the Catskills with her dad, Chris (Le Gros) and his oldest friend, Matt (McCarthy). As the two men quickly settle into a gently quarrelsome brotherly dynamic, airing long-held grievances, Sam, wise beyond her years, attempts to mediate. But when lines are crossed and Sam’s trust is betrayed, tensions reach a fever pitch, as Sam struggles with her dad’s emotional limitations and experiences the universal moment when the parental bond is tested. Selected in both Sundance and Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, Good One is an emotionally expansive work that probes the limits of familial trust, understanding, and ultimately, forgiveness.

See the trailer and poster below.

GOOD ONE Official Poster

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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