Axolotl Overkill


Friday, Nov. 3 at 4:30pm
Thursday, Nov. 9 at 12:00pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

The directorial debut of Helene Hegemann, who adapts her 2010 bestselling novel, “Axolotl Roadkill” tells the story of Mifti, a 16-year-old who has just lost her mother, and the people who share the shocking and rebellious world she inhabits. As Mifti searches for some combination of excitement and emotional attachment, she encounters an array of self-absorbed and occasionally cruel relatives and acquaintances — including her junkie friend Ophelia and the much older, enigmatic white-collar criminal Alice — and becomes increasingly reckless because of her involvement with them. Mifti’s hard-partying lifestyle is beautifully shot and set to a compelling soundtrack of German punk/hip-hop/house fusion and R&B. Variety calls the film “formally impressive but thematically slippery” and praises “Axolotl Overkill’s” female-centric viewpoint: “The three principal women display emotional responses that almost always come pinging wildly out of left-field. The focus is distinctly feminist in this regard — part of what makes Mifti so coolly compelling is that she’s a teenage girl pursuing her own whims and desires with the single-minded, sometimes self-destructive intent that’s usually reserved for male characters. She’s an incarnation of egoless id, devoid of the desire to second-guess her impulses.”

94 min.
English, French, German & Spanish

Directed by

Helene Hegemann

Film Category

International Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight