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New indie film 'A Girl Like Her' takes an intimate look at bullying
By GuideLive Contributor. If you didn't know anything about A Girl Like Her , you could probably get halfway through the film before you realized that what you're seeing didn't actually happen. It's not a documentary. The unscripted indie film, which opens in Dallas and other select cities on Friday, tells the story of high school sophomore Jessica Burns and her former-friend-turned-bully Avery Keller. It's told through the lens of a documentary film crew that's visiting the girls' school, a hidden video camera Jessica wears to record evidence of Avery's bullying and Avery's personal video journal. The result: an intimate look at bullying from both the perspective of the bully and the bullied.
The film stars Lexi Ainsworth as Jessica Burns, a year old bullied high school student who attempts suicide. The movie was originally titled The Bully Chronicles but the title was later changed. Jessica Burns Lexi Ainsworth , a sophomore in high school, attempts suicide by taking a handful of pills from her mother's medicine cabinet. Her mother soon finds her unconscious, and Jessica is rushed to a hospital. It is also mentioned that the high school she goes to has won a chance for a documentary for being the only public school to place as one of the top ten schools across the country.
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Jessica reluctantly agrees. Flash forward and, from the perspective of the spy cam pinned to her sweater, we accompany Jessica as she swallows a bottle of pills and is later rushed to the hospital, unresponsive. Stay with me here. The crew is making a documentary about the best American high schools, and South Brookdale is the only public school to ever be named in the top But with Jessica in a coma, the crew quickly shifts gears and focuses on the suicide attempt. With all that established, we can now get to the heart of the story: Avery.