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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

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2018, Rene Eller, Netherlands/Belgium, 90 min.
Pauline Casteleyn, Aimé Claeys

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 30th 8:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 1st 8:00pm

Following in the footsteps of aggressively transgressive filmmakers including Lars von Trier, Harmony Korine, and Larry Clark, director Eller portrays eight bored suburban teenagers in a summer structured around a set of increasingly debauched and predatory sexual scenarios. Based on the controversial coming-of-age novel by Flemish writer Elvis Peeters, this is a cynical saga in which innocence plays no part. With nary an adult role model in sight, the four boys and four girls remove to remote spots for perfunctory coupling until they discover that a public dimension injects the missing thrill. From group flashing on a highway viaduct and Internet porn for cash, to a homemade brothel that ensnares some of the town’s prominent citizens, the group coasts on the orgasmic high of sex as manipulation until a death begins the unraveling of the scheme. Note: Contains nudity and explicit sexual activity. In Dutch and Flemish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Dark Star Pictures. (BS)

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