Electrick Children (2012)

Electrick Children
Director: Rebecca Thomas
Writer: Rebecca Thomas
Cast: Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken, Bill Sage, Cynthia Watros, Billy Zane
Part of: Viennale

Rachel (Julia Garner) lives with her family in a religious, technology-abstaining community, headed by her father Paul (Billy Zane). One day, a tape recorder is introduced into their world and Rachel is fascinated by that technology. She sneaks out to listen to a music tape at night and is enraptured by that song. A short while later, Rachel appears to be pregnant. She believes that the voice of the tape recorder is the father and wants to find him, while her parents suspect her brother, Mr Will (Liam Aiken) instead. But Rachel decides that she has to find the guy the voice – and her child – belongs to and heads out into the real world.

Electrick Children was a really sweet film with an excellent cast and a nice soundtrack. The topic could have been easily turned into a very heavy thing, but instead Thomas keeps it light without shrinking from the hard questions.

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Girls Against Boys (2012)

Girls Against Boys
Director: Austin Chick
Writer: Austin Chick
Cast: Danielle Panabaker, Nicole LaLiberte, Liam Aiken, Andrew Howard
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Shae (Danielle Panabaker) is a student who works at a bar at night. After her married-but-separated boyfriend Terry (Andrew Howard) breaks up with her and goes back to his wife, Shae decides to get distracted and goes out partying with her new colleague Lu (Nicole LaLiberte). But the partying ends in Shae getting raped. When she tells Lu about it, Lu first takes her to the police and when nothing comes of it there, she takes her on a revenge killing spree.

Neither the movie itself, nor its supposedly feminsit message convinced me. But at least it made me think about it.

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