Nelko has the uncanny ability to channel big, universal feelings—rejection, love, fear, uncertainty—while still telling an intensely personal story. In "Hanging On," that story is dark, rough-edged and gritty. Chynoweth's performance as the tortured protagonist is totally transfixing—she's such a mature presence that you forget she's just 16. And while in the past Nelko's partnering work has seemed a little meh, here it pulses with vitality.
*shivers* (screenshot via YouTube)
Basically, the whole thing is designed to give you chills upon chills upon chills. (Which, given that it's a bajillion degrees out, is exactly what we all need right now.)