Knives And Skin

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Knives And Skin

Jennifer Reeder
USA, 2019
Features, 111min, OF

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Knives And Skin

Jennifer Reeder
USA, 2019
Features, 111min, OF

Cast: 
Kate Arrington
Renee
Marika Engelhardt
Lisa
Tim Hopper
Dan
James Vincent Meredith
Doug
Screenplay: 
Jennifer Reeder
Sound: 
Jason Culver
Camera: 
Christopher Rejano
Editor: 
Mike Olenick
Composer: 
Nick Zinner
Decoration: 
Adri Siriwatt
Costume: 
Kate Grube

Production: 
Newcity Chicago Film Project
Full Spectrum Features
World Sales: 
WTFilms
Format: 
DCP
Color

At least since RIVER’S EDGE in 1986, popular cinema and TV have been obsessed with the figure of the mysterious “dead girl”, murdered or missing. But in Jennifer Reeder’s KNIVES AND SKIN, this teenage girl, Carolyn, is never entirely dead: she’s there in the woods unnoticed, she rolls with the breeze, she even sings. Her death may be accidental, but it’s still traumatic for her and for everyone in her community: friends, adults, cops, teachers. Defiantly punk-goth surrealistic, anti-naturalistic, and queer in most details (especially the lurid colours and the 1980s pop songs delivered as a cappella ballads), the film depicts a carnivalesque, inverted world: the most apparently “alienated” kids have the deepest insights and most intimate connections, while the parents flounder in their static neuroses, perversities, and compulsions.
​Marking a transition from her acclaimed short films to a feature, Reeder plays with our traditional narrative expectations of psychological development, certainty, and closure. For once, we are truly invited into the inner minds and feelings of (especially female) teenagers, where everything has a different rhythm, a finer morality, and a new meaning. (Adrian Martin)

In the presence of Jennifer Reeder.

Jennifer Reeder: WHITE TRASH GIRL (1995, K), THE HEART AND OTHER SMALL SHAPES (2006, K), ACCIDENTS AT HOME AND HOW THEY HAPPEN (2008), SEVEN SONGS ABOUT THUNDER (2010, K), AND I WILL RISE IF ONLY TO HOLD YOU DOWN (2012, K), A MILLION MILES AWAY (2014, K), MARIETTA BRIMBLE (2016, K), CRYSTAL LAKE (2016, K), SIGNATURE MOVE (2017), LOLA, 15 (2017, K), SHUVIT (2017, K), ALL SMALL BODIES (2018, K)