Knives And Skin
“Feels like one of the more empowering feminist declarations in years. It may be the most anarchic and refreshing take on the American teen’s existential malaise since HEATHERS.” - Demetrios Matheou, SCREEN
“Captivating in its oddness, ambition, and emotional resonance” - Kristy Puchko, RIOT MATERIAL
Official Selection: Berlinale, Tribeca Film Festival, Overlook Film Festival, Fantasia Film Festival, North Bend Film Festival, Oak Cliff Film Festival.
Surreal forces lurk behind the fluorescent facade of an unassuming Midwestern town in Jennifer Reeder’s hyper-stylized Knives And Skin. Sophomore year of high school is upended when Carolyn, an awkward, bespectacled teen, goes missing after a late night out. In the wake of her mysterious disappearance, a dark abyss widens among the inhabitants of Big River as the ripples of anxiety and mistrust begin to permeate through the high school halls and beyond. The serpentine secrets are just the outer layer of the latest from the outré Reeder, who cross-pollinates John Hughes with lurid Lynchian melodrama, stabs of horror, sparks of magical realism, and a bracing jolt of girl power to cultivate a subversive, deliciously strange teen flick reinvention. Abetted by a terrific young cast, lush neon-kitsch production design and, in the movie’s most ingenious narrative stroke, a Greek chorus of New Wave hits rearranged for choir.