Published On: Sat, Apr 22nd, 2017

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Earlier this year, I was surprised to learn just how many details of 20th Century Women came from writer/director Mike Mills’ own life. It’s always fascinating when films intersect with the real world in ways that color our view of them. But the one that really messes with my understanding of the picture is White Girl, which is based on writer/director Elizabeth Wood’s own experiences.

The film is already a complicated, messy exploration of privilege. And the added nuance that some of its events are based on reality only makes the situation even messier. How do you read a film about white privilege that so clearly emerged from the privileges it’s exploring? How do you understand its treatment of a character based on the person who made…

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