Electrick Children (2013)
Critic Consensus: A strong directorial debut for Rebecca Thomas, Electrick Children also features an outstanding performance from Julia Garner as a wild teenager from a conservative family.
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Though unevenly told and at times too fanciful for its own good, "Electrick Children" marks an intriguing feature debut for its risk-taking writer-director, Rebecca Thomas.
"Electrick Children" is well acted and refreshingly nonjudgmental, but its narrative continuity is tenuous at best.
Thomas makes an assured debut as both writer and director, the gifted Culkin is excellent as always, and Garner finds lovely shades of nuance in Rachel's innocent faith.
Thomas has an aversion to the easy resolution-she knows precisely which mysteries to keep dangling.
The best moments in filmmaker Rebecca Thomas's debut feature manage flashes of wide-eyed grace-that is, when the overly precious, half-formed story isn't undermining her understated direction and the work of a fine cast.
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Interesting. Could have done without the immaculate conception (please! It was probably her step father!), but this was nicely filmed and acted. The Amish seeming upbringing and family were something different for this type of film.
This warped tale follows the plight of a Mormon girl looking for the chance to be free in a world that limits her by her upbringing, gender, and religion. After divine intervention forces an immaculate conception upon her, Rachel (Garner) leaves her home and journeys to Sin City to find the father of her baby, a singer on an old cassette tape. Along the way she meets other misfits and starts to find the pieces of her life's puzzle. While the story doesn't seem all that important in context, her journey to finding the one real truth is very intrinsic in value. Garner is a real up and comer and I can't wait to see what else she will work on in the future, and it's always good to see Rory Culkin in indie fare. While I didn't love the story or always connect with the characters, the way this film is shot, and the aura it has, is really entertaining to sit through.
"A movie about miracles..." Electrick Children is a bizarre, but altogether really well made film. The story is original and is something you can't really put your finger on. It's puzzling, but simple. Julia Garner gives an excellent performance as the young 15 year old Mormon girl. Electrick Children follows Rachel as she turns 15. Rachel lives in a devout Mormon family. On her 15th birthday she sneaks into the cellar and plays a tape. It's a miracle to her; music. When she doesn't get her period for a long time, she believes she has been impregnated by the music. When her parents find out she's pregnant, she is arranged to marry another Mormon boy and her brother, who they believe to have impregnated her is banished from the community. Rachel runs away before she can be married and searches for the man who sang the song that got her pregnant. Electrick Children is a film that isn't for everyone. The subject matter is at times weird, and for the whole film, pretty bizarre. If that doesn't bother you though, it's a very worthwhile film. It's beautifully shot and the innocent performance from Julia Garner is fantastic. I look forward to seeing her future performances.
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