2008. USA. Antonio Campos. 106 min.
Friday, November 21, 2008, 8:15 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2008. USA. Written and directed by Antonio Campos. With Ezra Miller, Jeremy White, Emory Cohen. Twenty-five-year-old filmmaker Campos's feature film debut is a haunting portrait of a student at an elite New England prep school who, preoccupied with surfing the Internet for pornoghraphic and violent imagery, inadvertently videotapes the fatal drug overdose of the school's popular "It" girls. As parents and teachers stage a ritualized period of mourning, the student becomes increasingly withdrawn and dissociated from reality. Campos mixes beautifully composed 35mm widescreen shots with grainy DV and Web-based video (the inspirations of Bruno Dumont and Michael Haneke can be felt throughout) to offer a chilling foray into the disturbed, and disturbing, world of a media-obsessed teenager. 106 min.