Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining
Language(s): Swedish with English subtitles
Runtime: 106 min
Festival year: 2016
Girls Lost is that all-too-rare item: something new under the sun. – Steve Gravestock, TIFF
Girls Lost is a highly compelling and dangerous work of magical fiction that explores gender and sexual awakening with Joss Whedon-like speculative invention. Based on the Swedish young-adult novel Pojkarna (The Boys), the film brings aching honesty to three students’ struggles through brutal torment and assaults by their classmates. After sowing the seeds of a mysterious plant that grows with supernatural speed, they decide to try the special liquor collecting in its flowers—and it turns them into boys overnight. This sudden metamorphosis starts out comic (as, for instance, they explore their new penises) and then becomes deeply insightful as they decide to venture out into the world in their new incarnations. Temptations, attractions, and dangerous alliances eventually bring them to the terrifying reality that this is much more than a fantastical foray. A refreshingly realized take on transgender awakening as well as persisting gender inequalities, Girls Lost is a must-see at this year’s VQFF.
Screening Sponsor: Cineplex, IBM, McCarthy Tétrault
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