Tangles and Knots

Everything is ready for the party: The jello shots are done, the armpits waxed. The girl and her mother have made all the preparations together but now, as the party guests relax around the pool, the older of the two women doesn’t step into the background. She becomes the centre of attention among the male guests, resulting in tangled roles. The tricky balance between intimacy and distance is captured by the director in a sensual tapestry of images.
by Renée Marie Petropoulos
with Leeanna Walsman, Odessa Young, Mitzi Ruhlmann, Toby Wallace, Govinda Röser-Finch, Bryn Chapman Parish
Australia 2017 English 17’ Colour


  • Leeanna Walsman (Michelle)
  • Odessa Young (Laura)
  • Mitzi Ruhlmann (Jessa)
  • Toby Wallace (Taylor)
  • Govinda Röser-Finch (Sam)
  • Bryn Chapman Parish (Nathan)


Written and Directed by Renée Marie Petropoulos
Cinematography Zoë White
Editing Renée Marie Petropoulos, Chelsea Taylor
Sound Design Eli Cohn
Sound Pete Deluhunty
Production Design Diva Abrahamian
Costumes Lucia Arias-Martinez
Make-Up Candice Hickson
Casting Stevie Ray
Assistant Director Stefanie Foerster
Production Management Yingna Lu
Executive Producer Alexandra Petropoulos
Producer Janet Brown
Co-Producers Yingna Lu, Kristin Frost
Co-Production Paper Moose Sydney

Produced by

Jars Productions

Renée Marie Petropoulos

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia by a very large, loud and loving Greek family. She studied communications at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with a focus on media arts and production. Whilst there, she made the short film Beneath the Waves which screened and won prizes at several film festivals. Upon graduation, she studied film at Columbia University where she made Ana which also met with festival success. Her current films focus on stories with strong female protagonists.

Filmography (short films)

2011 Beneath the Waves; short film 2016 Ana; short film 2017 Tangles and Knots; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018