Much of our childhood is spent either taking tests or putting others through tests. Renuka Jeyapalan delicately explores this notion in her debut short Big Girls. Nine-year-old Josephine is unabashedly resentful of her mother's newfound love life. When her mother hesitantly introduces her new boyfriend to Josephine, she gives him the cold shoulder. A bittersweet battle of wills erupts that is at once heartbreaking and hilarious. Enemies transform into sweethearts in this poignant tale of modern family politics.
Length: 14 minutes
Renuka Jeyapalan attended the Canadian Film Centre's Directors' Lab and graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in Biochemistry, English, and Cinema Studies. She has made several award-winning short films, including Sunday Afternoon, Baggage, and Sing for Your Supper.