Plot – Milla, a seriously ill teenager, falls in love with a drug dealer, Moses, her parents worst nightmare -Babyteeth.
Director – Shannon Murphy
Released – 2019
Primarily a teen love story interweaved with a tragic family drama. Babyteeth is funny, quirky, heart-warming, and heart-breaking story of coming to terms with loss. Where comic circumstances get juxtaposed with the tragic feelings of helplessness and loss, addiction. Though this doesn’t make the movie a dark comedy, but rather a movie that finds the moments of humour that can be found in even the most distressing of circumstances.
The on-screen chemistry and electricity between the young lovers Milla (Scanlan) and Moses (Wallace) is remarkable. The actors are both phenomenal and absorbing, helping to make this unconventional love story between a dying girl and an older drug dealer feel realistic, while Davis and Mendelsohn were perfect as Parents dealing with the inevitable loss of their daughter. Their desperation to make Milla’s remaining time perfect is heartbreaking, even if it means putting up with the presence of Moses or reverting to various substances to mask their emotions.
Keeping the plot simple and while maximising the chemistry and character development. Murphys’ skilled direction has shades of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie, leaving you happy one minute and tearing up the next. The music also plays a huge part in the movie, beautifully supporting the journey that Milla goes on and giving you a glimpse of the bittersweet emotions that this young girl is feeling. Wanting to experience everything a blossoming young woman normally would before the sickness takes hold.
With Babyteeth the subject matter may be bleak and leave you feeling broken, but uplifting at the same time. It’s almost perfect on every level. The direction is strong; the music is memorable; the cinematography is stunning; the acting is great, especially Eliza Scanlen, who gives a performance that will live long in the memory. If this film doesn’t win some awards this season, I’ll be extremely surprised.
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