Babyteeth

Babyteeth

Babyteeth

A seriously ill teenager falls in love with a drug dealer in this award-winning Australian indie drama from debut feature director Shannon Murphy.

"When Milla (Eliza Scanlon, HBO’s Sharp Objects) falls madly in love with a small-time drug dealer, Moses (Toby Wallace, Romper Stomper), it’s her protective parents’ (Ben Mendelsohn and Essie Davis, The Babadook) worst nightmare. Things get messy and morals go out the window as the lives of those around the family: a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, a disarmingly honest pregnant neighbour become intertwined and Milla shows those in her orbit how to live like you have nothing to lose." (Venice Film Festival)

Winner of the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress (Wallace) and the Fanhear3 Award for Best OTP (Scanlen and Wallace), 2019 Venice Film Festival
2020Rating: M, Sex scenes & offensive language117 minsAustralia
ComedyDramaFestival & Independent

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Reviews & comments

This film is stylistically delightful. Every cut or lack thereof is in favour of emotion, which in harmony with the lively camera work brings out the best of each incredible performance. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

5.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Delivering a raw, utterly convincing turn (she even apparently shaved her own head for the role) as a young woman trying to make the most of what’s left of her life, Scanlen is a mesmerising centre around which this, sometimes, stunning film revolves.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A satisfying mix of elements which are both funny and poignant.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

More than anything, though, they love Milly ferociously, and on that count, the bruising, bittersweet Babyteeth meets them more than halfway.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

In the end, the screenplay’s wry sensibility—Kalnejais breaks the story into chapters, many with sardonic titles like “A Little Bit High” or “Fuck This”—and appreciation for Milla’s determination to push back the encroaching void win out over those distractions.

Variety

Variety

press

Emotional compromise finally begets an overwhelming torrent of feeling in “Babyteeth,” a wickedly perverse and, in time, intensely moving variation on familiar coming-of-age themes that marks an arresting feature debut for both director Shannon Murphy and screenwriter Rita Kalnejais.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

“Babyteeth” is the kind of soft-hearted tearjerker that does everything in its power to rescue beauty from pain; the kind that feels like it would lose its balance and tip right off the screen if it stopped being able to walk the line between the two.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Cancer rom-coms are certainly a thing, but the debut film by Australian director Shannon Murphy doesn’t quite fall into the genre, even though it’s partly about a dying teenage girl who falls in love for the first time.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Some of the most effective moments in Babyteeth are also among its simplest...

Stuff

Stuff

press

Delivering a raw, utterly convincing turn (she even apparently shaved her own head for the role) as a young woman trying to make the most of what’s left of her life, Scanlen is a mesmerising centre around which this, sometimes, stunning film revolves.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A satisfying mix of elements which are both funny and poignant.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

More than anything, though, they love Milly ferociously, and on that count, the bruising, bittersweet Babyteeth meets them more than halfway.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

In the end, the screenplay’s wry sensibility—Kalnejais breaks the story into chapters, many with sardonic titles like “A Little Bit High” or “Fuck This”—and appreciation for Milla’s determination to push back the encroaching void win out over those distractions.

Variety

Variety

press

Emotional compromise finally begets an overwhelming torrent of feeling in “Babyteeth,” a wickedly perverse and, in time, intensely moving variation on familiar coming-of-age themes that marks an arresting feature debut for both director Shannon Murphy and screenwriter Rita Kalnejais.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

“Babyteeth” is the kind of soft-hearted tearjerker that does everything in its power to rescue beauty from pain; the kind that feels like it would lose its balance and tip right off the screen if it stopped being able to walk the line between the two.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Cancer rom-coms are certainly a thing, but the debut film by Australian director Shannon Murphy doesn’t quite fall into the genre, even though it’s partly about a dying teenage girl who falls in love for the first time.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Some of the most effective moments in Babyteeth are also among its simplest...

This film is stylistically delightful. Every cut or lack thereof is in favour of emotion, which in harmony with the lively camera work brings out the best of each incredible performance. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

5.0