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A prep-school student (Ezra Miller) accidentally films the drug-related deaths of two classmates, then is asked to put together a memorial video.
A much deserving selection at Cannes (Un Certain Regard) and New York Film Festivals, Afterschool has much to say about high school life and our media-saturated culture.
The film focuses on an introvert named Rob who, while doing a film project at a private boarding school, catches two twins dying due to ingesting drugs contaminated with rat poisoning. Instead of calling for help, he simply watches them deteriorate. Though the incident is caught by a security camera and cellphone, Rob's face remains invisible. This creates a paranoid, almost oppressive environment at school. Rob and another student, Amy, are assigned the task to create a memorial video, which isn't accepted because it veers from the norm. The duo however end up…
Within the clean and pristine walls of Brighton, Antonio Campos recreates 9/11 with the violent fall of twin senior girls Anne and Mary. With an audacious detachment that is accentuated by protagonist Robert, he creates a horror film out of Afterschool exposing the ridiculousness of the Patriot Act and its destruction of raw expression, as well as the phoniness within sympathy and to a certain degree, government. It is a powerful and brave directorial debut - one that does an extremely apt job of defining an entire generation of students (myself included) who aren't old enough to remember the tragic event, but are nevertheless subject to its effects.
The camera and its movements, with its slow and meandering pan resemble…
Robert's original memorial video was way superior. The kind of raw honesty that gets swept under the rug in favor of easily digestible comfort. Which is exactly the very thing filmmaker Antonio Campos has avoided in this utterly disturbing masterpiece. Truly unforgettable.
If Campos had stuck to his guns and made a film about disaffected youth and the modern video age, I probably wouldn't have minded it too much. When he started breaking out the 9/11 metaphors though, I'm afraid that's when he lost me. It's all just a bit too heavy-handed and unfocused.
And I think it's possible to overdo that thing where you use shallow depth of field and abstract framing to convey dissociation and alienation. It can sometimes be good to have a shot or two where you can actually see everyone involved in the scene clearly. You know, for variety.
Ever get the feeling you're being watched?
Ezra Miller Marathon Part 7
WILD Ezra tho <3
I'm not sure whether i enjoyed this film but it definitely kept me hooked throughout the whole thing. I love the fact that its purposefully edited/filmed as if Robert had filmed and edited it all, i only noticed this about three quarters of the way through and then the ending music made me sure about it.
I feel like the slowness and numb feeling of the whole movie represented Roberts possible depression; this really helped bring out the faster more angry aspects.
It was a weird day of movie watching for me.
Artfully shot, voyeuristic teen drama, a chilling debut from Ezra Miller.
We don't understand aspect ratios or pacing: The Movie
Definitely slow paced and I only fleetingly cared about the plot, but THAT ending!
this is an astonishingly confident directorial debut for a 24 year old. campos knows his haneke
In many ways — in principle, mainly, but also largely in execution — this was the movie I had always wanted to make when I was a film student. I'm still fascinated by school topics, and this film covers a lot of the most loaded ground — the disconnect that's come with the age of the Internet is a main theme, and the widescreen aspect ratio allows ample room for the characters to avoid direct interaction with each other. The teens here tend to speak in terse monotones with their eyes downcast. Trauma is dealt with in a world of removed viewing and voyeurism, and we see everyone trying to build and maintain various façades — including the school board,…
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