Blue My Mind (2017)

Blue My Mind
Director: Lisa Brühlmann
Writer: Lisa Brühlmann, Dominik Locher
Cast: Luna Wedler, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen, Regula Grauwiller, Georg Scharegg, Lou Haltinner, Yael Meier
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 21.9.2018

Mia (Luna Wedler) just moved to a new place with her parents. Trying to find her place at her new school, she finds the popular Gianna (Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen) and her friends who spend most of her time partying with alcohol and drugs. Mia starts to hang out with them and pushing her own limits. But it’s not only her behavior that changes: Mia’s body is starting to become very different as well.

Blue My Mind is a queer coming of age monster film – what’s not to love about that? I was very impressed by the film, especially considering that it’s the film school graduation piece by writer and director Brühlmann.

The film poster showing Luna Wedler and Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen.

Recently, there have been a few films that combine monsters and (female) coming of age (Raw for example, or Der Nachtmahr) or look at relationships between teenage girls that teeter at the edge of queerness or fall right into it (Respire or Siebzehn). Blue My Mind can stand with them very well and adds another aspect: here, Mia’s transformation into a monster (?) is both literal and figurative, trying to get more at her relationship with her body and the connection between her body and her behavior than the other films do.

That being said, especially because there have been a few films taking on similar topics, it was quickly pretty clear where things would be headed. I didn’t mind in this case – I didn’t feel like the film was built on the element of surprise anyway. Instead it’s about exploration of and coming to terms with change – and that was very well done. They even managed to have a sense of humor about it.

Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen in the film.

In fact, all of the film was very well done. I really didn’t expect such a high quality in pretty much everything – from acting to soundtrack – in a film school film. Not that they can’t be good, but usually they are a little rougher around the edges. There was no trace of that in Blue My Mind. Of course, me being me, I did wish for some things to be differently. Above all I wished that they hadn’t made the queer part so much subtext. As in Respire, it’s very much there if you look for it, but I wouldn’t have minded if they had made it actual, unavoidable text.

I really enjoyed the film, even if it did make me think that my own pretty much entirely drug-free teenage years must have been incredibly tame and innocent. Or maybe I’m that old and kids these days… Either way, Blue My Mind is interesting, beautifully done and I hope that Brühlmann will make many more films like it.

Luna Wedler in the film.

Summarizing: Really good.

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