Sammy (newcomer Miya Cech in a heartfelt performance) is struggling to cope with the loss of her mother and gets constantly called into the principal’s office, much to the chagrin of her also struggling father (Leonardo Nam). Fed up with her wild behavior, he enrolls her in a summer course-if she fails, she’ll be sent to a boot camp for juvenile delinquents. After storming out of her first class, Sammy meets Margot, a surly magician, played by Rhea Perlman (TV’s “Cheers”). Margot forces Sammy to be her assistant for a performance, and although Sammy seems uninterested, she seeks Margot out after the show and asks to become Margot’s pupil. Margot agrees, and as their unlikely friendship grows, we learn that she and Sammy understand each other more than they expected.
Director Kate Tsang, in her directorial feature debut, delivers a wry yet touching coming-of-age story punctuated by moments of whimsy and magic, as this unlikely odd couple learn from one another, navigating grief, trauma, and finding hope in the darkest moments.