Join hip Brooklynites Harper and Allie on an epic (10-mile) road-trip to the beach.
Winner of the prestigious Grand Jury Award at SXSW this year, ‘Fort Tilden’ can be best described as the offspring from a transatlantic tryst between ‘Frances Ha’ and ‘Withnail and I’.
Harper and Allie are two co-dependent mid-twenties women living spoilt lives in hip Williamsburg, New York. Harper is an artist, content to take bank account bumps from her father, a businessman in India. Allie’s career is never made clear but she’s about to leave NYC for a Peace Corps posting in Liberia. Running into a couple of guys at a gig one evening, they agree to meet them at the eponymous Fort Tilden the next day, a WW2 fortification built on the beach. Getting there, however, proves irksome.
A road-trip film with a journey of approximately 10 miles, the movie takes on an almost surreal tone as obstacle and diversion bring progress again and again to a grinding halt. These self-obsessed, entitled protagonists are by no means likeable, but the filmmakers show great skill in making them compelling. McNulty and Elliott’s performances dance wonderfully on the razor-thin edge of parody and you’ll love to loathe them.