Listen semi-autobiographical indie films about finding your voice aren’t just for twentysomethings. There’s some kind of myth that you need to find success by 25 or you’re done for. In the trailer for the Sundance breakout, The Forty-Year-Old Version that myth gets absolutely shattered.
Finding yourself at any age is hard. In the film produced by Lena Waithe, we follow a down-on-her-luck playwright named Radha (director-writer-star Radha Black), who is desperate for some sort of breakthrough before the age of 40. After what seems like the least chance of success, Radha decides to reinvent herself as a rapper instead. As she goes between the worlds of theatre and hip-hop, she struggles to figure out what her voice is.
The Forty-Year-Old Version netted Black the Directing Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Between the sharp-witted dialogue to the black and white aesthetic to the killer raps, The Forty-Year-Old Version definitely needs to be on any film lovers watch list.
The Forty-Year-Old Version will hit Netflix on Oct. 9.
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