Directed by Robert Mockler
After posting a video of herself robbing a convenience store, Kiya amasses a huge social media following. A reckless loner, she seeks some form of genuine human connection. Through her travels, she encounters a drifter, an Internet troll and a paint huffing outsider who are all pulled into her circle of chaos, junk food, and drugs.
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★★★★ review by Jacob Knight on Letterboxd
A kind of post-YouTube NATURAL BORN KILLERS, drenched in an unreal neon haze. Larry Fessenden steals the whole thing as a lonely motel manager who develops psilocybin-tinged Stockholm syndrome. Radical and totally unlike anything else from this current indie genre crop.
★★★★ review by Robbie on Letterboxd
Damn, I liked this a lot. Gaspar Noe/Danny Boyle vibe? Hyper stylized road movie about a web obsessed kid. This is what I was hoping for with Tragedy Girls. Addison Timlin is crackling and Fessenden is playing the best version of what he does. The onslaught of visual fx kinda put me off.
★★★★ review by battledancer on Letterboxd
A directorial debut with a truly contemporary language and vision. While much of the focus is social video, for me this was the tumblr psyche brought to life in captivating tribute. A delight.
★★★★ review by Jacob Sever on Letterboxd
A trippy, super saturated and stylistic social commentary about the dangers of isolation, social media, and the general world we currently live in. When real life friendships are being replaced by "likes" and "follows" online, people tend to become more disconnected with society, and moral ground.
Kiya is a young woman who strives for internet popularity. She posts videos on YouTube of herself doing random, most of the time illegal, things. The movie starts off with her holding a overnight convenience store clerk at gunpoint, filming his reactions of their interaction. She wears a mask and remains silent, allowing him to do and say anything he pleases. It starts from there, and moves on to bigger, badder things.
I loved everything about the way this film looked. Some glitch sequences, extremely vibrant colors, trippy visuals. This movie was just gorgeous to look at. Addison Timlin was adorable and a did a wonderful job playing a small, innocent looking young woman that can flip a switch and become very powerful and in control. Larry Fessenden is always a treasure to see on screen. It was short, sweet, and to the point. The social commentary wasn't too heavy-handed, as the portrayal of YouTube didn't seem too real to life. It seemed a bit exaggerated and disconnected with the real world. This movie has it's on reality it takes place in, and I was fully on board from the start.
★★★★ review by BurtonMacReady on Letterboxd
It's like the Logan Paul controversy meets UNDER THE SKIN with some of Kubrick's most absurd parts and Video Art (Ryan Trecartin, perhaps?) thrown in.
Sometimes it gets a little too on the nose or a little too experimental but the vision it paints of how we all interact with public videos (including in part this film) can create some truly provacative sequences, especially over the last 15 minutes or so of the movie.
And Addison Timlin again shows herself as one of the most promising actresses to come along recently. Very different (though in someways similar) to her role in LITTLE SISTER, she carries us through this bizarre vision all the while never giving away too much about her character. Larry Fessenden is also terrific and hilarious.
Of course, set design, lightning, and the rest of the visuals give the film its greatest strengths. It might get bumpy in parts along the way but quite the original experience.
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