TIFF 2018 Review: TEEN SPIRIT (UK 2018) **

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

Teen Spirit Poster
Trailer

Violet is a shy teenager living in the Isle of Wight who dreams of pop stardom as an escape from her small town and shattered family life. With the help of an unlikely mentor, Violet enters an international singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition.

Director:

Max Minghella

Writer:

Max Minghella

The film’s setting is the Isle of Wight where a Polish family of single mother (Agnieszka Grochowska) and shy 17-year old daughter Violet (Elle Fanning) who dreams of pop stardom etch out a difficult living.  

Violet enters an international singing competition as an escape from her small town and difficult family life.  Her days are spent doing chores, waiting tables, and attending secondary school, where she keeps to herself.  Violet surrenders to song and enters a competition. She befriends Vlad (Zlatko Buric), a once-celebrated opera singer who hears Violet and knows she’s something special. 

 He declares himself her manager and trainer, accompanying her as she tries out for a popular televised musical talent program called Teen Spirit.  The film is totally cliche ridden and filled with predictable plot points right up to the very end of the film.  Fanning is fantastic in the role, who almost saves this bland crowd pleaser.  

The contestants on the TV series “America Got Talent’ perform much better.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu0Hwb6qUX0

Advertisements

Happy Birthday: Max Minghella

maxminghella.jpgMax Minghella

Born: September 16, 1985 in Hampstead, London, England, UK

Max’s maternal grandfather, George Wing Sien Choa, was born in Hong Kong, of three quarters Chinese, and one quarter Indian Jewish, ancestry. George was a prominent otorhinolaryngologist (in simple English, an ear, nose and throat doctor – an ENT). George’s maternal grandfather, Max’s great-great-grandfather Emanuel Raphael Belilios, who was born in Calcutta, was a prominent businessman.

THE DARKEST HOUR
dir. Chris Gorak
Stars:
Emile Hirsch
Olivia Thirlby
THE SOCIAL NETWORKTHE SOCIAL NETWORK
dir. David Fincher
Stars:
Jesse Eisenberg
Andrew Garfield
THE IDES OF MARCH
dir. George Clooney
Stars:
Paul Giamatti
George Clooney
MOVIE POSTERTHE INTERNSHIP
2013
dir. Shawn Levy
Stars:
Owen Wilson
Vince Vaughn
How to Lose Friends and Alienate PeopleHow to Lose Friends and Alienate People
dir. Robert B. Weide
Starring
Pegg
Jeff Bridges
MOVIE POSTERART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
2006
dir. Terry Zwigoff
Stars:
Max Minghella
Sophia Myles
MOVIE POSTERABOUT ALEX
2014
dir. Jesse Zwick
Stars:
Aubrey Plaza
Maggie Grace