DVD Review - Porcupine Lake
Here, both teens are the same age. Both are 13, and, as I remarked in my review of Esteros (2016), there aren't too many films that explore the sexual desires of people before high school or before age 14 that isn't traumatic, and the majority of those are between heterosexual attraction. As I also remarked in my review of Eighth Grade, in general, there aren't many films that explore a prepubescent girl's coming-of-age. The past few years have seen that tide changing and Veninger's film is part of that tide.
Lucinda Armstrong Hall co-stars as Kate, the aforementioned girl who walks by. She's also 13, but she is not shy. She in return takes an interest in Kate and is in fact the one who approaches her. Whereas Bea is very introverted, Kate is very outgoing. Unlike Bea, she's also not afraid to say or demand what she wants, particularly when it comes to sexual things. Kate even has to be the one to teach Bea about sexual things. For example, Bea didn't seem to know what a penis was, so Kate has to tell her.
Like the Icelandic film Heartstone (Hjartasteinn), this film also from Breaking Glass Pictures centers on the two teens or tweens just hanging out. They hang out at each other's houses. They wander through the woods and even lounge by a nearby lake. In that, there's again a lot of similarity to Call Me By Your Name, including a lack of homophobia in terms of any direct actions or characters. Homophobia perhaps exists here on the periphery and seeps in somewhat, but it's never an active force here.
Not Rated but contains sexual references and brief, mild violence.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 24 mins.