Burdened with a large student loan, Emily (Aubrey Plaza) will do anything to get some cash. She goes down a dark path, committing petty financial crimes, and gets in the way of the local bosses of the underworld. She faces a desperate struggle to survive.
“Emily the Criminal,” by John Patton Ford, is a world-weary social problem fable about a young girl who enters the woods — make that, modern day Los Angeles — and confronts three big bad job interviews. One job asks her to be a crook, one job treats her like a crook, and one job pays so little it’s essentially stealing from her. The girl, Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is an embittered art student with $70,000 in college debt, a felony conviction for aggravated assault and essentially no leverage to negotiate her terms of employment besides the pepper spray in her purse, which won’t help much for the two white-collar gigs. The title of this chilly thriller announces which job she picks. Her circumstances explain why.
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John Patton Ford is a director and screenwriter who began his career in 2010 with the short film Patrol, about a local guard dreaming of being a policeman. Ford also starred in a short film entitled Beautifully Esther by Ricardo Korda in 2011. He is currently working on his second full-length film, Rothchild.
2010 Patrol (short)
2022 Na złej drodze / Emily The Criminal