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Teen Spirit

Format(s) Available
DIGITAL
Opening Date
09 May 2019
Rating
PG Some Scenes of Intimacy
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Runtime
93 mins
Language
English - subtitles to be advised
Genre
Drama, Music
Director
Max Minghella
Cast
Elle Fanning, Millie Brady, Rebecca Hall
Synopsis
Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.
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By Say Peng  09 May 2019
Despite lacking a strong lead performance and high stakes that would elevate it from its rather overworn Cinderella roots to something extraordinary, ‘Teen Spirit’ is still nevertheless watchable, with its eye-popping visual flair and danceable musical score.
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Elle Fanning stars as Polish teenager Violet Valenski, whose dreams of being a singer seems a distant hope given her impoverished family background. Living on the Isle of Wight with her single mother, Marla (Agnieszka Grochowska), Violet goes to school in the day and works at the bar at night, where she takes the opportunity to sing a song or two during open mic sessions.

One of her renditions is seen by an old and unkempt retired opera singer, Vlad (Zlatko Buric), who recognises that Violet has talent, but she brushes away his post-show attempts to make conversation. Only until she requires a guardian to accompany her for the audition of singing contest Teen Spirit, as she’s not quite 18-years-old, does Violet turn to Vlad for help. In return, he wants to be her manager and a cut of the prize money.

The best parts of the film are when Violet sings. Elle Fanning does sing for real, and it turns out that she can indeed sing. She covers the pop songs of Robyn, Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, amongst others. When Violet is on stage performing, Fanning’s performance comes alive. But in Violet’s off-stage life, Fanning does not leave much of an impression, playing the typical sulky teenager from a repressed Christian background. Buric, on the other hand, brings a grizzly vitality and depth, and even a few moments of humour, to Vlad.  

Despite lacking a strong lead performance and high stakes that would elevate it from its rather overworn Cinderella roots to something extraordinary, ‘Teen Spirit’ is still nevertheless watchable, with its eye-popping visual flair and danceable soundtrack.
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