Milla Finlay is turning sixteen and enjoys life to the full – something her parents cannot share with her, as Milla is suffering from cancer in an advanced stage. Is her new boyfriend, drugs dealer Moses, the best match at this point in her life? In silence, her parents mainly mourn the prospect of losing their daughter in the prime of life. This leads to them abandoning all pedagogic strategies.

In her film debut, Australian director Shannon Murphy strikes a great balance between comedy and tragedy. Babyteeth is a tearjerker of the kind that reminds us of the beautiful things in life. Murphy deliberately seeks out conflicting emotions in this layered drama. Using images, sound and text, she subtly breaks through the 'fourth wall', confronting the audience with the ephemerality of her engaging protagonist.

Screenings

  • Thu 23 Jan Pathé 5
    Dutch subtitles
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  • Thu 30 Jan Pathé 4
    Dutch subtitles + With Q&A
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  • Fri 31 Jan Cinerama 1
    Dutch subtitles + With Q&A
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  • Sat 1 Feb de Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
    Dutch subtitles + With Q&A
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Filmmaker
Shannon Murphy
Country
Australia
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
120’
Language
English
Producer
Alex White
Production Company
Whitefalk Films
Sales
Celluloid Dreams
Writer
Rita Kalnejais
Cinematography
Andrew Commis
Editor
Stephen Evans
Production Design
Sherree Phillips
Sound Design
Sam Hayward
Music
Amanda Brown
Cast
Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis, Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Emily Barclay, Andrea Demetriades, Charles Grounds