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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Antonio Campos
Ezra Miller
Jeremy Allen White.
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Running Time
100 minutes

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Afterschool
Youtube teens are finding the generation gap a struggle in their claustrophibic prep-school


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Plot
A nethead prep-school kid accidentally videos the death of two schoolmates and then suffers the repercussions.


Review
Afterschool
Angsty, vacuous, voyeuristic — teens of the YouTube generation are NYU film grad Antonio Campos’ debut feature subject. When prep-school boy Rob (Ezra Miller), a web-porn-and-clips-addicted bundle of anxiety, accidentally captures the drug deaths of two schoolmates while shooting a video club project, the aftermath is disquieting, the school’s banal counselling measures only exacerbating his alienation. The usual boarding-school types are evoked with authenticity in a spare, carefully (sometimes maddeningly) framed mix of celluloid with virals and DV. It has striking scenes, but struggles to say anything concrete between artful pretensions and Van Sant/Haneke influences.


Verdict
Compelling performances and some stand-out scenes but this lacks the cohesive language of Elephant, for example.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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