Girl Meets World
released OUT NOW! 2018 | 15 | dVd
Director Fritz Böhm Cast Bel Powley, Brad dourif, Collin Kelly-sordelet, James leGros
With no theatrical screenings for critics and no publicity push, it feels a little like Warner decided to release Wildling into the world and let it fend for itself. That’s a shame, because this supernatural coming-of-age drama has much to recommend it.
The Diary Of A Teenage Girl’s Bel Powley plays Anna, a girl who’s been raised in a locked attic and fed tales of a child-eating beast called the Wildling. After daddy (Brad Dourif ) attempts suicide, however, the local sheriff (Liv Tyler) rescues her. As a result, now aged 16, she must deal with entering society for the first time… and also come to terms with her true nature.
Naturally, there’s a romance element, as the feral Anna bonds with the sheriff’s younger brother, but the subtext is more interesting. It’s not long before the local menfolk are gunning for Anna – quite literally. Combine that with scenes where she straddles her lover, and is taught how to shave her legs, and it’s clear that we have an analogy for the policing of female sexuality.
Sensitively played, and boasting wry fish-out-of-water humour as well as attractive cinematography from Get Out’s Toby Oliver, Wildling is sure to appeal to fans of feminist werewolf movie Ginger Snaps.
Extras None. Ian Berriman
Casting Brad Dourif was suggested by producer Trudie Styler, whose husband, Sting, had worked with him on Dune.
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