Electrick Children

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    Electrick Children

    Directed by

    USA

    2012

    96 min

    • English

    Drama

    A group of freaky punks are astonished when a strange girl approaches them as they stagger out of the club. But before long they succumb to Rachel’s innocent charm and decide to take her into the fold. It’s 1996 and Rachel has just turned fifteen. Wearing a simple cotton robe that wouldn’t have looked out of place two hundred years ago, her appearance is somewhat unusual for Las Vegas, to say the least. Rachel believes in God, in her own special way, and finds Him not just in prayers and commandments, but in everything that appeals to her – including the bright lights of Las Vegas and rock music.
    From an archaic Mormon community, she has rushed headlong into the city to escape being forced into marriage by her father. Pregnant, she’s convinced that a forbidden rock song she listened to secretly in the cellar is the cause. She has come to Las Vegas to track down a mysterious red Mustang and the musician who sang Hanging on the Telephone on the tape. As she moves angelically about this brave new world, Rachel stumbles across a surprising secret. Young director Rebecca Thomas has managed to pull off an astonishing film on a small budget.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Prize - OFF Plus Camera IFF

    Credits

    Cast
    Julia Garner
    Rory Culkin
    Liam Aiken
    Billy Zane
    Bill Sage
    Screenplay
    Rebecca Thomas
    Cinematography
    Mattias Troelstrup
    Editing
    Jennifer Lilly
    Production
    LIVE WIRE FILS, LL
    Sales
    M-APPEAL

    Press

    ...  a genuinely enjoyable coming of age tale

    Jessica Kiang, IndieWire

    Witness meets Almost Famous

    Lee Marshall, Screen International

    ... a sweet slice of indie quirk

    Leslie Felperin, Variety

    While maintaining an amusing concept and sustained by the thoroughly sweet nature of its young protagonists, Electrick Children pulls of the neat trick of maintaining credibility, never allowing the magic realist hook to devolve into quirky American indie clichés.

    Eric Kohn, IndieWire

    Rebecca Thomas

    Rebecca Thomas

    USA

    Born in Walnut Creek, USA in 1984 she grew up in a strict Mormon family in Las Vegas. At the age of twenty, she served on 18 months on Mormon mission in Japan. On her return she decided to abandon all religious strictures and begin filmmaking. Her first short screenplay, NOBODY KNOWS YOU, NOBODY GIVES A DAMN, received its premiere at Sundance in 2009. She subsequently took up screenwriting and directing at Columbia University in New York.