‘Selah and the Spades’ Trailer Teases a Tense Boarding School Drama

     April 3, 2020


Amazon Studios has released the trailer for Selah and the Spades. The film takes place in an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, and follows the twisted relationship between Selah Summers (Lovie Simone), the leader of the most dominant social clique, and her new protégée, Paloma (Celeste O’Connor). The film explores the balance between Selah’s intoxicating power and her acute fear of losing that power.

This could be a really interesting movie, and it may end up getting more attention than it normally would as people look for new options on streaming. Hopefully, this will be a sleeper hit for its young cast and the feature debut of writer/director Tayarisha Poe.

Check out the trailer below. Selah and the Spades arrives on Prime Video on April 17th.

Here’s the official synopsis for Selah and the Spades:

In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers (Lovie Simone) runs the most dominant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend/right hand Maxxie (MOONLIGHT’s Jharrel Jerome) becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Paloma (Celeste O’Connor), to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.


In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us in a heightened depiction of teenage politics. This searing character study encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Exciting newcomer Lovie Simone’s performance beautifully embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it.


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