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Playing House

Jane Gray spent nine months eavesdropping on a seventh-and-eighth-grade dormitory at the tony Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts, and comes away with shocking evidence that wealthy 12-year-old girls gossip, cry, squeal, and indulge in silly dramatics. Over the academic year a catty conflict develops between Amanda, a large, sharp-tongued child from Saint Paul, and Joanna, a cheerful little goody-goody from Florida. Gray, an alumna of the school and an associate at the Film Study Center at Harvard, has positioned her 2003 video as a study in gender psychology, but the fact that she considers this a story worth telling indicates that she might want to get out of the house a little herself. 75 min.


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