The Eliza Hittman-written/directed Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a new drama about an unplanned teenage pregnancy that stars Sidney Flanigan as main character Autumn and Sharon Van Etten as her mother. It premiered at Sundance (where it won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Neo-Realism) earlier this year and hits theaters via Focus Features this week. (In NYC, there's a post-screening Q&A with Hittman at Angelika Film Center after the 7 PM showing on Friday, 3/13.) The first trailer was soundtracked by Sharon Van Etten's "Seventeen" from her great 2019 album Remind Me Tomorrow, and the soundtrack also includes her new song "Staring At A Mountain," which is out now. It's a gorgeous, slow-burning ballad, perfect for a dramatic film but also just a good Sharon Van Etten song in general. Listen below.
Rolling Stone just reviewed the film and here's an excerpt:
Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) is 17 and anxious. She needs an abortion. But in her hometown in rural Pennsylvania — where we first meet her singing a he-done-her-wrong cover of the Exciters’ “He Got the Power” in a high school talent show — the clinic demands that a minor have parental consent. Since that’s not happening — and her scary attempts to induce a miscarriage by repeatedly punching herself in the stomach also fail — Autumn persuades her cousin and high school classmate Skylar (Talia Ryder) to join her on a bus to New York, where things should go off without a hitch. As if.
For starters, the girls need to steal the money for an abortion from the grocery store where they both work. Autumn’s mother (Sharon Van Etten) and terrifying stepfather (Ryan Eggold) are not options. It’s just two girls, lugging around a shared suitcase that serves as a symbol for the burden they’re carrying up and down subway ramps and through the streets of Manhattan. Want to know what danger is? Try being a teenage girl on her own in America.
More info on Never Rarely Sometimes Always at Focus' website. Watch two trailers and listen to Sharon's new song below.