MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE

By Kate TSANG

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - as FEST

Drama - Completed 2020


Festivals
& Awards

Sundance Film Festival (online) 2021
Premieres
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 81 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kate TSANG
    • Synopsis
    • Thirteen-year-old Sammy is struggling to cope with the death of her mother. After she is caught vandalizing one of her school’s restrooms, her father, fed up with her wild behavior, enrolls her in a summer course—if she fails, she’ll be sent to a boot camp for delinquent youth. After storming out of her first class, Sammy meets Margot, a surly magician. Margot forces Sammy to be her assistant for a performance, and although Sammy seems uninterested, she seeks Margot out after the show and asks to become Margot’s pupil. Margot agrees, and as their unlikely friendship grows, we learn that she and Sammy understand each other more than they expected.

      Director Kate Tsang punctuates the story with carefully chosen touches of whimsy and magic as she delivers, with sensitivity and care, this touching portrait of a young teen finding her way. Newcomer Miya Cech’s heartfelt performance fully immerses us in Sammy’s sadness, grief, and anger and inspires us to root for her emergence, while Rhea Perlman gives a charming, wry turn as the girl’s unlikely mentor.