SXSW Film Review: The Nymphets

Posted in Film, Reviews, SXSW
By Sam Bathe on 18 Mar 2015

When a banker (Pardue) brings two college girls (Dexter-Jones & Price) back to his house to party after they’re all barred from a club, it sets in motion a claustrophobic indie drama about desperation and bravado.

The girls persuade Joe to confront his “roommate” about whether or not she’s cheating on him, they go for a drunken motorbike ride and take Brittany’s bi-polar drugs. The trio find themselves in a tense game of cat and mouse about who will crack first, with only one eventual outcome when they do.

The dynamic and tension between the three leads is tangible and the actors do a phenomenal job of keeping the energy up, but you feel as if The Nymphets is missing something. Things kick off at 100mph so it doesn’t really have anywhere to go, it needed another element, a game-changer, but even when a third friend of the girls shows up, they’re still on the exact same warpath.

From a first time writer/director, however, this is a real achievement. Gary Gardner  is able to build real tension, filming the actors up close and get right in the face of action. There’s definitely enough here to be excited for more of his work in the future.

3/5

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