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Babyteeth

This feverish Australian drama about falling in love for the first time features a super performance by Sharp Objects breakout star Eliza Scanlen.

Dir Shannon Murphy
Prod Alex White
Scr Rita Kalnejais
With Eliza Scanlen, Essie Davis, Ben Mendelsohn
Australia
2019
118min
Sales Celluloid Dreams

What to do when your seriously ill teenage daughter falls madly in love with a young drug dealer? This is the dilemma that Henry (Ben Mendelsohn) and Anna (Essie Davis) face when their beloved Milla (Eliza Scanlen) meets the dodgy-but-charming Toby (Toby Wallace). On paper, this is a premise for a sickly-sweet YA drama, but in director Shannon Murphy’s hands this debut gorgeously walks a fine line between provocative adult drama and sweet teen romance. The nature of Milla’s illness is not discussed, it’s the unnatural state of being young and diseased that’s the central point that challenges and ultimately unites the family. Some of Australia’s finest screen talent shine in a film that has both the feverishness of first love and the visceral intensity of impending grief.

Anna Bogutskaya


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