Not that many films get to truly break out of the Sundance Film Festival each year, at least not to the level of say Little Miss Sunshine (2006) or Whiplash (2014). But Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, which took home the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at this years event, looks like it might have a shot.
Although the title might put you in mind of a zombie romantic comedy, it actually goes for heart warming (and potentially heart breaking) indie quirk in the story of Greg (Thomas Mann) who has been so preoccupied with blending in, avoiding forging real relationships and just trying to survive high school that he is barely aware when one of his classmates, Rachel (Olivia Cooke) is diagnosed with cancer.
Yet when his parents (Connie Britton and Nick Offerman) pressure him into spending time with Rachel to try to cheer her up, a bond slowly begins to form. One which deepens when he introduces her to Earl (RJ Cyler) a friend he can barely bring himself to call as such, with whom he makes short spoof versions of movies. As Greg and Earl start to work on a movie for Rachel, Greg starts to realise what he might have been missing out on.
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directed this one, working from a script adapted by Jesse Andrews from his own novel.
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl arrives in the US on 12 June and hits UK cinemas on 11 September.