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An Internet-addicted prep-school student captures on video camera the drug overdose of two girls. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Good for discussions but never reaches the heart. It's too mechanical and copied from other masterpieces See more (26 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ezra Miller ... Robert

Jeremy Allen White ... Dave

Emory Cohen ... Trevor

Michael Stuhlbarg ... Mr. Burke

Addison Timlin ... Amy

David Costabile ... Mr. Anderson (as David Costable)

Rosemarie DeWitt ... Ms. Vogel

Dariusz M. Uczkowski ... Peter (as Dariusz Michal Uczkowski)

Gary Wilmes ... Mr. Virgil

Lee Wilkof ... Mr. Wiseman

Paul Sparks ... Detective Eclisse
Bill Raymond ... Mr. Williams

Alexandra Neil ... Gloria Talbert

Mark Zeisler ... Tom Talbert
Christopher McCann ... Mr. Ullman

Byrdie Bell ... Cherry Dee
Mary Michelson ... Talbert Twin
Carly Michelson ... Talbert Twin
Rebecca Boughton ... Broken Glass Girl 1
Anna Maliere ... Broken Glass Girl 2

Dani Baum ... Broken Glass Girl 3
Julian Branciforte ... Freshman Student
Marta Miller ... Robert's Mom (voice)
Annette Foisy ... Nurse
Paige Billings ... AV Class Girl
Tony Costagliola ... Senior Druggie
Cameron Ward ... Boys Dorm Head
Richard White ... Dave's Dad in Car
Christopher Brisson ... Security Guard
Mackenzie Deary ... Chapel Student
Will Childs ... Chapel Teacher
Javier Alvarez ... Math Teacher
Effrem J. Adams ... Screaming Senior (as Effrem Adams)
Robert Malitsky ... Screaming Senior
Robert M. Saunders ... Screaming Senior (as Robert Saunders)
Andrew Corkin ... Screaming Senior
Laura Boucher ... Robert's Memorial Video
Rosamund Dunn ... Robert's Memorial Video
Timothy Dreary ... Robert's Memorial Video
Mike Thomas ... Robert's Memorial Video
Emily Potrezeba ... Robert's Memorial Video
Paul Kramarz ... Robert's Memorial Video
Jacob Allard ... School Memorial Video
Amber Allard ... School Memorial Video
Kristiana Sumera ... School Memorial Video
Brittney Roy ... School Memorial Video
Chloe Bates ... School Memorial Video
Allyse Rosen ... School Memorial Video
John Basnight ... Student
Catie Botting ... Student
Beckam Cela ... Student
Alex Labeef ... Student

Harrison Lees ... Student
Colin Sebastian ... Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allen Beattie
Haley Pittman ... Extra

Daniel Trinh ... Student

Saddam Hussein ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paul Lucenti ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Antonio Campos 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Antonio Campos  writer

Produced by
Victor Aaron .... executive producer
Andrew Corkin .... associate producer
Steven Corkin .... co-executive producer
Sean Durkin .... producer
Rose Ganguzza .... executive producer
Josh Mond .... producer
Jesse Ozeri .... co-producer
Andrew Renzi .... executive producer (as Andrew F. Renzi)
Susan Shopmaker .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Jody Lee Lipes 
Film Editing by
Antonio Campos 
Casting by
Randi Glass 
Susan Shopmaker 
Production Design by
Kris Moran 
Art Direction by
William Logan 
Set Decoration by
Gina Freedman 
Costume Design by
Katie Akana  (as Catherine Akana)
Makeup Department
Susie Sobol .... hair stylist
Susie Sobol .... makeup artist
Production Management
Steve Makowski .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alex Cripe .... second second assistant director
Michael Rabinovitz .... second assistant director (as Michael 'Raibi' Rabinovitz)
Zachary Stuart-Pontier .... first assistant director (as Zac Stuart-Pontier)
Art Department
Joanna Tillman .... art assistant
Josh Rovner .... art intern: fight sequences (uncredited)
Sound Department
Micah Bloomberg .... sound
Brian Kenney .... boom operator
T. Terressa Tate .... sound designer (as TTT)
T. Terressa Tate .... sound mixer (as TTT)
Cory Melious .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jessica Elvin .... fire artist
George B. Colucci Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as George Colucci)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ethan Anderson .... grip
Joe Anderson .... first assistant camera
Nick Bentgen .... electrician
Alexander Engel .... key grip
Andrew Engert .... best boy electric
Anna Rose Holmer .... grip (as Anna Farrell)
Drew Innis .... still photographer
David Jacobson .... additional assistant camera
Jack Lam .... electrician
Harrison Lees .... grip
Nadine Martinez .... second assistant camera
Ian McAlpin .... second assistant camera
Carole McClintock .... electrician
Tyler Shoemaker .... aerial photography
Michelle Sun .... second assistant camera
G.T. Womack .... second assistant camera (as Geoffrey Womak)
Paul Yee .... gaffer
Casting Department
Meghan Sinclair .... casting intern
Emma Wiseman .... casting intern
Editorial Department
Dana Bloder .... digital intermediate producer
Don Ciana .... lab timer
Mark Doyle .... digital intermediate account executive
Drew Innis .... assistant editor
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate executive producer
Jack Rizzo .... film recording: titles
Joseph Ryals .... scanning and imaging
Zachary Stuart-Pontier .... additional editor (as Zac Stuart-Pontier)
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Kevin Vale .... scanning and imaging
Sam Daley .... colorist: high definition mastering (uncredited)
Music Department
Gael Rakotondrabe .... music by
Other crew
Jennifer Basnyat .... title designer: end titles
Audra Duval .... production assistant
Ben Foley .... production assistant
Yvette Granata .... production coordinator
Shawnee Kennedy .... production assistant
Wilder W. Knight II .... legal counsel (as W. Wilder Knight II)
Alex Labeef .... production assistant
Mike Labeef .... production assistant
R.J. Labeef .... production assistant
Alexandra Leary .... script supervisor (as Alex Leary)
Collin Mapp .... key production assistant (as Colin Mapp)
Jared Martin .... production assistant
Ray McNaught .... web designer: clipus
Ashley Paolino .... production assistant
Dave Parks .... production assistant
Charlaine Perron .... production assistant
Jeremy Salons .... production assistant
Suyin So .... legal counsel: Pryor Cashman
Alex Treaster .... production assistant
Kristyn DiPane .... mastering project manager (uncredited)
Charles McCrann .... in loving memory of
Ana Romero-Castro .... in loving memory of

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107 min | USA:120 min
Color | Black and White (some sequences: video)
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Did You Know?

In one of the early scenes in Rob's dorm room, a poster on the wall near the door says "DO YOU FEEL - new album." This poster is for an album by the popular alternative one-man music project headed by pop-rocker Bryce Avary known as The Rocket Summer. "Do You Feel" was The Rocket Summer's third full-length album and was released in 2007.See more »
Mr. Virgil:What do you think about your mom? Do you know that she's got crabs so big I ride them to work?See more »
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Good for discussions but never reaches the heart. It's too mechanical and copied from other masterpieces, 2 October 2013
Author: Rodrigo Amaro ( from São Paulo, Brazil

The daily routine of a boarding school spirals out of control and shifts to new policies after the death of two students by drug overdose in one of the many corridors of the place. And it was all videotaped by another student, Robert (Ezra Miller), who was using his camera for a school project. The story, actually, begins with him - a typical teenager, just a little more lonely than the usual barely talking to his roommate and constantly spending his days on the internet watching porn or school fight videos. Connect those events and you have a figure formed, a bomb waiting to explode. The movie's concern is in seeing how Robert will react with this tragedy while continuing with his project (now a memorial tribute for the dead girls), classes and involvement with his classmates.

So, it denounces the internet in a large scale and stays contrived while criticizing reality, real people and their sometimes useless values. Deals with real and poignant themes but the characters aren't so real, specially when you see the now familiar faces and voices of Miller and Michael Stuhlbarg. Good actors here and elsewhere but since the director is trying an almost documentary kind of film their performances get in the way. The themes explored were great, the presentation and the choices made were what killed its potential. It's a suffocating experience. It's right for the movie but that at no point cannot take the pleasure of the viewing.

Director Antonio Campos uses of static images that represent the voyeurish act of seeing things very distantly, rejecting close-ups and movements. It's the vision of the kid of sees everything from a distance, the girls he can't reach present on the net videos, and also the ones he couldn't save because he was in a state of shock (we're fooled into this until a certain moment). Furthermore, it's slow and problematic in the sound department - and since I didn't have captions for it a few things were gathered with the help of IMDb boards. That's what the director tries to convey (it could be) but to me it was lazy filmmaking hacking from masters like Haneke and Van Sant, trying to be a higher (and updated) variation of "Benny's Video" with "Elephant". Fails on both accounts. It's too mechanical.

Why does it always have to follow through doubtful actions? Why it has to be inconclusive or misleading or going in several directions? And the ending? A real betrayal that almost destroyed the film. I saw film critics dissing films because the final image killed the experience and shifts the movie to an unexpected and unpleasant degree, and I've never understood much of that. Now I know. It didn't kill my enjoyment but I must recognize that it was very cheap.

I liked "Afterschool" because when it wasn't trying to be pretentious (and it is) it offered valid criticisms about adults negligence while dealing with kids and it's an intelligent and psychological radiography on today's youth and all of its problems. Extremely manipulative and quite deceiving towards its final moments but gotta admit Mr. Campos managed to build tension in all scenes even the ones you give less importance like when the headmaster complains about Robert's expressionless video.

Some people look at this as a critique of the America post 9/11, and there's plenty of sustainable elements to confirm such view. I don't buy all that much but that can make your view something extra if you look carefully. Mindblowing. My message to the hipsters who believe this is one of the 10 best of the past decade: relax yourselves because there's better out there. The director's technique is poorly employed here. It works with other directors because they know what they're doing and probably they're not copying a style, they're making a tribute and using a bit of their own craft. "Afterschool" is simply a copy and paste. Good movie, far from great. 7/10

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