Palm Trees and Power Lines. The title might suggest a documentary about gentrification, but I assure you it isn’t. Instead, the 2022 Sundance Award-winning drama from newcomer Jamie Dack is the story of a young woman and her encounter with a manipulative, dangerous older man played by Jonthan Tucker. That’s right, The Virgin Suicides’ Jonathan Tucker, takes his boyish face and talent for playing mature roles to a disturbing level.
Dack took home the Best Director prize at Sundance for her debut feature, but many people emerged raving about the lead performance by Lily McInerny. She plays a 17-year-old woman who enters into a dangerous relationship with Tom, a much older man who begins to convince her that she doesn’t need the other people in her life. She only needs him.
McInerny’s breakout performance goes along well with this new turn for Tucker, who has been taking on roles beyond his age practically from the beginning. Besides the aforementioned The Virgin Suicides, Tucker also starred in the short-lived but amazing series The Black Donnellys, and 2019’s Charlie’s Angels reboot.
Cortland saw the film and couldn’t stop raving about McInerny in it. She seems poised for a bright future.
Palm Trees and Power Lines will hit theaters and VOD on March 3rd!