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.

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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.


Max Minghella


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