Milla, a seriously ill teenager, falls in love with a drug dealer, Moses, her parents' worst nightmare.


Shannon Murphy


Rita Kalnejais, Rita Kalnejais (based on the play by)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 27 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eliza Scanlen ... Milla
Michelle Lotters ... Scarlett
Toby Wallace ... Moses
Sora Wakaki Sora Wakaki ... Maria
Renee Billing Renee Billing ... Lisa
Zack Grech ... Isaac
Georgina Symes ... Polly
Essie Davis ... Anna
Ben Mendelsohn ... Henry
Emily Barclay ... Toby
Eugene Gilfedder ... Gidon
Edward Lau Edward Lau ... Tin Wah
Charles Grounds ... Dean
Jack Yabsley Jack Yabsley ... Government Spokesperson
Andrea Demetriades ... Jenny


When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it's her parents' worst nightmare. But as Milla's first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals go out the window. Milla soon shows everyone in her orbit - her parents, Moses, a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, and a disarmingly honest pregnant neighbour - how to live like you have nothing to lose. What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family instead leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life. Babyteeth joyously explores how good it is not to be dead yet and how far we will go for love. Written by Alex White

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance


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Eliza Scanlen shaved her head for her role as Milla. See more »


Anna: This is the worst possible parenting I can imagine.
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Referenced in Sky News Breakfast: Episode dated 21 August 2020 (2020) See more »


The Lost Song
Written by Felix Riebl
Performed by The Cat Empire
(p) 2003 Two Shoes
Published by BMG Rights Management
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This is why I love cinema
12 July 2020 | by choquetflorianSee all my reviews

This movie is pure love. It captured everything. I am so grateful for art like this to exist and to remind us we are alive. I think it's the best music I've ever heard in a movie in years. It is a masterpiece because it used everything this very diverse form of art has to offer to deliver such a palpable, direct, honest, and real taste of the beauty inherent to life and love. I'm always shocked when I discover a movie like this, stunned by the clarity and the truth of the vision it offers. Watch it, live it. Thanks to everybody involved in this piece of art.

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Release Date:

19 June 2020 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,487, 21 June 2020

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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