How ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Answers Tough Questions – Serialpressit (News)

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A series of questions posed to a young woman at an abortion clinic takes an emotional toll in the drama “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” written and directed by Eliza Hittman and now available on demand.

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The main character, Autumn, played by Sidney Flanigan, has traveled from her home in Pennsylvania to New York City to seek an abortion. At a Planned Parenthood clinic, a social worker (Kelly Chapman, an actual counselor Hittman met doing research for the film) goes over a list of questions, mainly about her relationships, with four possible responses: never, rarely, sometimes or always. That questioning becomes increasingly more taxing for Autumn as the scene progresses.

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In this video, Hittman talks about the way the scene was rehearsed, how she isolated her lead actress on the set before shooting, and why she kept the image simple (primarily a one-take shot trained on Autumn’s face).

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Read the “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” review.

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