Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Autumn is 17. She has grown up in a working-class environment in rural Pennsylvania where life is uneventful. Now, faced with an unintended pregnancy, she is certain that she cannot rely on her family for support. However, her cousin Skylar, with whom she shares the burden of having to put up with a sleazy supervisor at their tedious part-time job, is just the companion she needs to “fix” her situation. Together they set off across state lines to New York City. Outstanding newcomers Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder embody the young women with a natural talent that director Eliza Hittman succeeds in turning into a masterpiece of emotional precision. The crucial scene that gives Never Rarely Sometimes Always its title will surely become a staple of feminist cinema. Recognising your own alienation goes hand in hand with bursting through it. This is a process which, like a glass cage shattering into millions of tiny pieces, is both painful and spectacular to behold.
by Eliza Hittman
with Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold, Sharon Van Etten
USA 2020 English 101’ Colour


  • Sidney Flanigan (Autumn)
  • Talia Ryder (Skylar)
  • Théodore Pellerin
  • Ryan Eggold
  • Sharon Van Etten


Written and Directed by Eliza Hittman
Cinematography Hélène Louvart
Editing Scott Cummings
Music Julia Holter
Production Design Meredith Lippincott
Costumes Olga Mill
Casting Geraldine Barón, Salome Oggenfuss
Producers Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy
Executive Producers Rose Garnett, Tim Headington, Lia Buman, Elika Portnoy, Alex Orlovsky, Barry Jenkins, Mark Ceryak

Produced by


Eliza Hittman

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she studied art at the California Institute of the Arts. Her low-budget film It Felt Like Love premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where her most recent film, Beach Rats, also premiered and won the Directing Award. She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2018 and is currently an assistant professor of film/video at the Pratt Institute.


2013 It Felt Like Love 2017 Beach Rats 2020 Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020