The worlds of contemporary geopolitics and narrative independent filmmaking collide in You Resemble Me
, a movie that shape-shifts from a first act coming-of-age tale into something searing and provocative, and ripped straight from the headlines. Bold and scattered, it marks a formidable debut for Dina Amer
, a first time director who emerges with no shortage of credentials: an award-winning journalist of Egyptian and American extraction (her work has featured in CNN
and the New York Times) and associate producer of the Oscar nominated The Square
, Amer is perhaps best known for her role as a political correspondent for Vice
(also producer here), a job that that took her to the front lines of human-trafficking in Syria, among other precarious situations.
At the start, You Resemble Me
plays a bit like Deniz Ergüven’s Mustang. We’re in France this time, but the lighting is just as lovely and natural, the mood just as vital,