Jin is the clarinet player in her college orchestra, where she’s proud to occupy the coveted first chair position. That is, until effortlessly confident Nathan enters the picture. A subtle but fierce competition brews between the two. Even the whiff of a friendship.
Tension steeped in much quietude and braided through a cascade of musicality is what makes Los Angeles based, half Indian, twin brother, director duo Ethan and Luke Montgomery’s fleet-footed drama about the SoCal college music scene so refreshing. Sensitively observing the conditional, fragmentary nature of Gen Z bonding, the brothers, one of whom portrays Nathan, play with movement and stillness in immersive and transportive ways. Come to watch youthful competition, stay to absorb the narrative’s melodies.