Monday, December 9

Premieres ArchiveSpecial Engagements Archive

Knives and Skin


FRI, DEC 6 – WED, DEC 11

The Late Show!

2019 • dir Jennifer Reeder w/Marika Engelhardt, Tim Hopper, Kate Arrington, Audrey Francis, James Vincent Meredith, Ty Olwin, Grace Smith, Ireon Roach, Raven Whitley • 111 min • DCP

“Surreal forces lurk behind the fluorescent facade of an unassuming Midwestern town in Jennifer Reeder’s hyper-stylized KNIVES AND SKIN. Sophomore year of high school is upended when Carolyn Harper (Whitley) suddenly vanishes after being abandoned at the lake by her jock boyfriend (Olwin). In the wake of Carolyn’s mysterious disappearance, a dark abyss widens among the inhabitants of Big River as the ripples of anxiety and mistrust begin to permeate through the high school halls and beyond. In a series of intertwined suburban vignettes, fear and loss cause the members of Carolyn’s inner-circle to develop unexpected and desperate coping strategies as they slowly begin to unravel under the impact of their grief and suspicions.

“Neon-drenched cinematography, moody synthesizers, and acapella renditions of 80s pop hits are the foundations of this feminist teen noir that evokes the surreal dreamscape of Twin Peaks and the mean-girl existential malaise of Heathers. In Reeder’s uncanny exploration of communal trauma, where young women have magic powers and disheveled clowns have the ability to reanimate corpses, small-town mentality is presented as something bordering on psychosis.”

– Tribeca Film Festival

“Hilariously banal, creatively profane, and stunningly idiosyncratic, Reeder has created a highly-quotable patter that feels true to real-life girlhood and yet also entirely unique to her own characters and world.”
– Andrew Todd, Birth.Movies.Death.

“Knives and Skin is not just visually captivating, but also marked by an emotional intelligence and dark humor that renders it one of the year’s most unique cinema experiences.”
– Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, AWFJ Women on Film

“[Knives And Skin] teases with horror trappings but its core is human drama, the focus very much on life.”
– Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

Ticket Information:

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Friday 12/6
at 9:30 PM
Saturday 12/7
at 9:30 PM
Sunday 12/8
at 9:30 PM
Monday 12/9
at 9:30 PM
Tuesday 12/10
at 9:30 PM
Wednesday 12/11
at 8:30 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.