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As You Are is directed by 23-year-old Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and co-stars Charlie Heaton from Stranger Things.

by Alice Newell-Hanson
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22 September 2016, 11:25pm

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte is one of the youngest filmmakers to ever compete at Sundance. His already-buzzy first feature film, As You Are, premiered at the festival in January, winning the Special Jury Award and earning him comparisons to a young Gus Van Sant. He is 23 and only two years out of Bard. NBD.

As You Are, which will be released on Amazon in 2017, follows the evolving friendship of three high schoolers (two boys, one girl — literally what could go wrong?) in a nameless American town in the early 1990s. While the setting and flannel-centric costumes — designed by stylist Miyako Bellizzi — evoke the small-town outsider vibes of My So-Called Life, the film's plot leads to a darker place. Recurrent flashforwards to scenes inside the local police station's interrogation room don't bode well.

The film stars Owen Campbell as Jack, a kid whose main extracurricular seems to be getting beaten up, and Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers from Stranger Things) as Tom, the Kurt Cobain-obsessed son of Jack's mom's new boyfriend. The friends' relationship shifts into uncertain terms when their families move in together, and when they meet Sarah (Amandla Stenberg), a classmate who saves them from another beating outside the local diner.

Judging from the trailer, there will be all the good 90s teen things: spin the bottle, mohair, weed, and angst.