“Stay” made me consider my own relationship with the town I grew up in. I did not want to ‘stay’ in my hometown, and I do not care to go back. So I found the film incredibly relatable, and I think everyone can relate to the love/hate relationship the main character has with her town.
I saw the film screen at the Mane Room on Friday, and after the screening the audience had time to ask McCay and Palmer questions. During the Q&A, they said they were both from small towns, coming to Florence was there escape from them.
Whether you love or hate your hometown, “Stay” is a wonderful escape from it.