Abortion on Film: Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)

A transfixing account of a small-town teenager dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always, offers candid contemplation of abortion as a choice based not on hand-wringing but on sobering pragmatism.

Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and Skylar (Talia Ryder), her steadfast cousin, embark on an unsettling odyssey from Pennsylvania to New York, where Autumn can end her pregnancy without parental consent.

The terrible solitude of her predicament is countered by the warmth of the girls’ closeness.

We come to know these two young women intimately during a journey that’s more often traveled in silence than conversation.

The teen-abortion factor tags this as an issue drama, and it is.

Raw, haunting and real, the movie offers a delicate portrait of female courage, friendship, and solidarity.