15th Anniversary: Thirteen
+ intro by programmer Anna Bogutskaya
Starring Evan Rachel Wood and Nikki Reed, Thirteen is an incisive look at female rites of passage.
Dir Catherine Hardwicke
With Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, Holly Hunter
Before breaking through with Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke co-wrote and directed this raw take on adolescence from a teen girl’s point of view. Shy student Tracy (Wood) lives with her older brother and devoted single mother (Hunter), who’s recovering from an alcohol addiction. Eager to shed her good-girl image, Tracy upgrades her look and falls in with charismatic popular girl Evie (Reed). They become inseparable and Tracy is quickly introduced to a world of sex, drugs and shoplifting, but as the girls’ behaviour becomes more excessive, Tracy shuts out her family and tries to cope by self-harming. Co-written with Reed (who was 14 at the time), Thirteen provides an incisive look at a young girl’s coming-of-age and flirtation with self-destruction.