Babyteeth

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Powerfully acted and sensitively directed, Babyteeth offers audiences a coming-of-age story that's messier -- and more rewarding -- than most.

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When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it's her parents' worst nightmare. But as Milla's first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals go out the window. Milla soon shows everyone in her orbit -- her parents, Moses, a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, and a disarmingly honest pregnant neighbor -- how to live like you have nothing to lose. What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family instead leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life. Babyteeth joyously explores how good it is not to be dead and how far we will go for love.

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  • The loosey-goosey energy is a blast - enough to make the script feel fresh even when mining age-old themes.

    August 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This debut feature from Australian film-maker Shannon Murphy, adapted by Rita Kalnejais from her stage play, is well acted, heartfelt, beautifully filmed.

    August 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Shannon Murphy's direction keeps up the antic spirit with a jagged rhythm that mirrors the unpredictable state of mind at chez Finlay. You don't know what these characters are going to do next. Even more engaging is the fact they don't either.

    July 23, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A lovely, achey coming-of-age story that bursts with rare respect for its characters while tragedy peeks in through the curtains.

    July 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Debbie Zhou

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  • This looks like it's a formula that you have seen before, but the way it is shot, the setting, and the performances give it a tense edge that is very unexpected.

    June 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [A] fresh take on the trope that plays something like a John Waters movie for the Billie Eilish generation.

    June 22, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

    AV Club
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