Review: SHORT – Graceland (Tribeca 2021)

SHORT: GRACELAND (TRIBECA)

A humorous examination of gender roles in an original, unique way, Graceland is quirky yet relevant and quite remarkable.

A ten-year-old girl (Katie Beth West) believes she is the reincarnation of Elvis Presley, throwing her southern mother (Anna Camp) into a tizzy. Graceland is simple in execution, but the original story provides a gateway to conversations around gender identity and gender norms. The film eloquently communicates the love between mother and child while not shying away from the change of mind needed by Camp’s concerned parent. 

Graceland is a short that knows its message and delivers it with precision. West is electric as The King of Rock and Roll as she takes the stage in the film’s final moments, a smile-inducing performance juxtaposed against the pure happiness of their parents in the audience. Graceland is pure joy.

Rating: 5/5

Photo from Tribeca

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