Alyssa (Katie Marsh) is a teenaged girl who hides the fact that she's
suffering from parental neglect behind constant babbling, filming herself
on cam, and by mocking everybody especially her sidekick (Demi Baumann).
sidekick we learn next to nothing about, other than that she's a
quiet girl, and for whatever reason, she adores Alyssa, follows all of her
whims, and seems to have nothing better to do anyways.
Then there's the
performer (Teona Dolnikova), a wannabe artist who on the outside just
seems to be frustrated that she hasn't found her voice yet, but once you
dig deeper, you find a lot more than that, and there might have been some
sexual abuse in her past.
Finally there's angst (Alex Damiano),
who seems to be at the last stage of self destruction, a suicidal anorexic
with a puking habit who suffers constant sexual abuse from her own
alcoholic father (Domiziano Arcangeli).
There is not much that these
four girls have in common, apart from the fact that they all feel lost,
and express this by putting on extreme, weird and morbid make-up, and by
cutting themselves, just for fun. And they have something else, something
even more serious in common ...
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A very chilling tale not so much about
murder but about social neglect and teenage wastelands, told in a
non-linear way without trying to give explanations for the girls' ultimate
act - of despair? of alienation? of revenge against society? of whatever
else ... - (which wouldn't have worked anyways), instead puts an emphasis on
atmosphere and makes you identify with the girls and their inner emptiness
- which of course makes their crime all the more shocking -
probably also because by having come to know the girls it's no longer
totally incomprehensible ... which makes the movie so powerful of course.
recommended, actually ... but be warned, this is one depressing film.
this is the longer version of the 20-minute short The
Columbine Effect - and the additional footage only adds to the