61st BFI London Film Festival: Thoroughbreds Review
Perhaps our highlight of the London Film Festival 2017 - a film that's evil, smart and should not be missed.
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Perhaps one of the less expected treats to come out of the BFI London Film Festival is Thoroughbreds - what happens when two rich girls with something ‘not quite right’ team up to get through adolescence.
Set in Connecticut, USA the film centres on Amanda (played by Olivia Cooke) and Lily (played by Anya Taylor-Joy), two teenage girls who, at first, seem to be worlds apart.
Amanda (who has recently committed a shocking act and is essentially in isolation) is emotionally empty and distant – so her Mum sets her up with old friend Lily… an awkward encounter. However, what at first is a forced coming together of old friends (one who has seemingly grown into a psychopath, and the other has become a perfect student) becomes a reigniting of old friendship, and perhaps unexpected similarities.
And death, that’s included too. Well, murder – well plotted murder.
Perhaps the best feature of this is the shift in characters; how director Cory Finley makes two worldly different characters seem so similar as the film progresses. Even in their one-dimensional, emotionless state both characters are so multi-dimensional and intriguing; you can’t help but wonder what they’re up to even after the film ends.
With an official release in March 2018, Thoroughbreds may be the film of the year that is able to make the indie-to-mainstream cross-over in a similar way to ‘Boyhood’ a few years ago.
It’s evil, it’s smart and it’s layered beyond belief – Thoroughbreds should not be missed.
5 STARS (out of 5)