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Babyteeth Rated 15

Babyteeth

Dir. Shannon Murphy. Australia, 2019. 1h 58m. Starring Eliza Scanlen, Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis, Toby Wallace, Emily Barclay, Andrea Demetriades.

Fifteen-year-old cancer patient Mila falls for local runaway and small-time drug-dealer Moses, incurring staunch disapproval from her parents. However, the blossoming romance reinvigorates Milla’s lust for life and soon enough traditional family morals go out of the window. Shannon Murphy’s directorial debut is a powerfully acted coming-of-age story told with emotional authenticity and sensitivity.

‘There’s a fearlessness to Murphy’s film-making, a slightly wayward, maverick spirit. I can’t wait to see what she does next.’ ★★★★★ Wendy Ide, The Observer

‘Shannon Murphy's debut film is a refreshing take on a familiar subgenre, offering a nuanced depiction of a family dealing with the worst-case scenario with humanity and sweetness.’ ★★★★ Christina Newland, Empire Magazine