Two Piece

By Greta Nash | Drama
A young girl goes on a nightmarish bikini-shopping trip with her mother.

Ava, a young 13-year-old girl, needs to buy a new swimsuit before a family excursion. Finding just the right thing, though, proves more difficult than she anticipates, especially in the company of her mother Kelly and little brother Wally.

Writer-director Greta Nash’s short drama focuses its narrative lens on a fraught moment in most girls’ lives: buying a swimming suit for a body that is changing quickly. It’s a slender story, but with its attention to emotional nuance and its emphasis on specific yet naturalistic performance, it’s able to take a moment in one girl’s life and turn it into a meditation of body image, coming-of-age, self-love and what it means to become a woman.

With its focus on Ava’s interiority, performance is a key element of the film, with the main burden falling upon young performer Freya Van Dyke-Goodman to carry the subtle arc of Ava. Delivered with ease and naturalness, she captures both the spiky sense of defensiveness and self-protection — any mother and daughter will be deeply familiar with Ava’s fraught yet vulnerable interaction with her mother.

In the dressing room, Ava is confronted with her insecurities, vulnerability and complexity of her changing role in life, as well as her conflicting inner needs for both comfort and independence. It’s a tricky balancing act for both character and filmmaker, but the short manages to grace this rite of passage with just the right weight.

The small family is captured with naturalistic camerawork and lighting, capturing the sense of a film being almost a postcard of a small but pivotal moment in a young girl’s life. And its denouement is equally as quiet and even gently lovely, as Ava slowly lets go of her self-consciousness for the moment and enjoys the beach.

“Two Piece” is a small, even delicate short about a moment that feels outsized for its main character as she stands between childhood and adulthood and all its burdens. By capturing Ava at her most difficult — and also at her most innocent and joyful — the film seems to suggest that we never quite leave our young selves behind, but instead layer new experiences and knowledge over them, like a transparency. If we’re lucky — and we have the right support and foundation — we never lose sight of the comforts of our past, even as we move forward into the future.

You Might Also Like:

More Than God

By Kev Cahill | Comedy
A devoted husband suspects his wife is cheating on him. Then he hides under the bed.

The Things You Think I’m Thinking

By Sherren Lee | Drama
A burn-survivor goes on his first date after his accident.


By Christophe M. Saber | Comedy
A father slaps a disobedient child. Then a bystander threatens to report him for abuse.

The Landing

By Josh Tanner | Sci-Fi
A man uncovers the horrifying truth of what landed on his childhood farm.

Sometimes, I Think About Dying (Sundance)

By Stefanie Abel Horowitz | Drama
A woman thinks about dying. But a co-worker asks her out.

The Goodnight Show

By Charlie Schwan | Sci-Fi
A virgin tries to get laid before an unstoppable asteroid ends the world.

Naysayer ft. Steven Yeun

By David M. Helman | Drama
A young father who is cut off from his son takes matters into his own hands.


By Kaveh Mazaheri | Drama
An Iranian woman's husband has an accident at home... and she just watches him die.

Joseph’s Reel

By Michael Lavers | Romance
An elderly man is given the opportunity to relive one day of his life.

Lost and Found (The Oscars)

By Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe | Animation
A crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life.


By Joe Gillette | Romance
2 strangers at a wedding reception make an unexpected connection.

Exit Strategy

By Travis Bible | Sci-Fi
A man in a time-loop must work with his brother to prevent a catastrophic fire.

Garfield (Sundance)

By Georgi Bank-Davies | Romance
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy.

Partners (Sundance)

By Joey Ally | Romance
A couple's sex life is in a slump, forcing them to reconsider the relationship.


By Noel Loozen | Comedy
A young man works in a food truck, across from a brothel with a girl who needs his help.

Your favorite short films you haven't seen yet.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening.
That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady
stream of the best films delivered to your inbox.