The Sundance Film Festival succes d’estime Toe to Toe
, American writer-director Emily Abt’s sophomore feature, is a partly successful coming-of-age drama with some glowing elements and not a few crippling disappointments. The outing dramatizes the shifting social dynamic between two teenage girls (twentysomething ingenues Louisa Krause and Sonequa Martin) in their final year at an exclusive preparatory school in Washington, D.C. Wealthy, WASPish blonde Jesse (Krause) recoils from a miserable home life and a careless, absentee executive mother (Ally Walker) with constant acts of rebellion, characterized by substance abuse and sex without connection. Mean...