Knives and Skin
Director: Jennifer Reeder Run Time: 112 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2019
Starring: Marika Engelhardt, Grace Smith, Ireon Roach, Kayla Carter, Tim Hopper
Knives and Skin follows the investigation of a young girl’s disappearance in a stylized version of a rural Midwest town that hovers just above reality, led by an inexperienced local sheriff. Unusual coping techniques develop among the traumatized small-town residents with each new secret revealed. The ripple of fear and suspicion destroys some relationships and strengthens others. The backdrop of trauma colors quintessential rituals—classrooms, dances, courtship, football games—in which the teenagers experience an accelerated loss of innocence while their parents are forced to confront adulthood failures. This mystical teen noir presents coming of age as a lifelong process and examines the profound impact of grief.