Knives and Skin
December 2019Watch Trailer
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Director: Jennifer Reeder
2019, USA, 111 minutes, Digital, NR
What happened to Carolyn Harper? Part suburban nightmare, part neon-soaked teenage fever dream, this tantalizing mystery traces the wave of fear and distrust that spreads across a small Midwestern town in the wake of a high school girl’s mysterious disappearance. As the loneliness and darkness lurking beneath the veneer of everyday life gradually comes to light, a collective awakening seems to overcome the town’s teenage girls – gathering in force until it can no longer be contained.
Unfolding in a hallucinatory haze of lushly surreal images, Knives and Skin is a one-of-a-kind coming-of-age noir that haunts like a half-remembered dream.
Berlin International Film Festival
Maryland Film Festival
“An agreeably offbeat coming-of-age thriller steeped in macabre humour and queer feminist attitude.”
– Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
“Hilariously banal, creatively profane, and stunningly idiosyncratic, Reeder has created a highly-quotable patter that feels true to real-life girlhood and yet also entirely unique to her own characters and world.”
– Andrew Todd, Birth.Movies.Death.
“It may be the most anarchic and refreshing take on the American teen’s existential malaise since Heathers.”
– Demetrios Matheou, Screen International