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Teenage Kicks (2016)

Unrated | | Drama | 15 October 2016 (USA)
The scars of our youth shape the adults we become.

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Miklós Varga
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Dan O'Connel
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Illona Varga
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Annuska
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Phaedra
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József Varga
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Jack O'Connel
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Seventeen year old Miklós Varga's plans to escape his migrant family and run away with his best friend Dan are crushed by the accidental death of his older brother Tomi. Only Mik knows the events that led to this tragedy, and he is suddenly forced to navigate his guilt and explosive sexuality to find the man he can become.

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The scars of our youth shape the adults we become.

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Daring and Evocative Experience
16 September 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Just when I thought 2016 would be pretty much a dead loss for Australian cinema, along comes 'Teenage Kicks'. Craig Boreham's screenplay and direction signal the arrival of a major talent in storytelling and filmmaking. It is refreshing to see a powerful and brave local production which explores such a collision of themes. This is not a rite of passage tale, it is a full on roller-coaster of a coming of age story with enough twists and turns to keep the viewer not only engaged but wondering how it will all play out.

While I was watching 'Teenage Kicks' I was reminded of movies like Ana Kokinos' 'Head On' (another visceral and edgy Aussie movie), Robert Redford's 'Ordinary People' and a much loved French classic from the mid 80's 'L'homme Blesse' (The Wounded Man). But I am not declaring that Teenage Kicks is derivative in any way; but it has the balls to explore such a panoply of ideas: such as lust, yearning, belonging, mateship, grief, loss, confusion, trauma and identity. The protagonist Mik; played with great presence by Miles Szanto is all at sea within his being. His burgeoning sexuality; his unfathomable loss early in the narrative and his falling in and out of the darker recesses of sexuality and liberation afford the character and the audience a very up close and personal trip through Mik's turbulent ride. I struggled at times with accepting that the lead character was still a teenager; his very defined features and gravitas on screen; whilst necessary for the dramatic content, did not seem believable for a 17 year old that he was written as.However the actor was so captivating that in the end, this was a quibble I could live with. Daniel Webber who played his best mate, was perfectly cast with a moment in time duality of still in some ways being a boy; but with a man's body and energy. Szanto and Webber had surprisingly great chemistry and there were some brilliantly staged and electric moments between them. Anni Finsterer, a seasoned stage and screen performer had some terrific moments in a role that could have been marginalised by a lesser talent.

The film is handsomely photographed and has plenty of evocative exterior sequences as well as some intimate and confronting interiors. I loved the texture to the screenplay. A film that can cohesively weave elements of culture, gender, sexuality, erotica and adolescence in one is a bona fide achievement. I found it moving, troubling,insightful and illuminating. I sincerely hope it gets more attention and an audience.


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