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'How to Talk to Girls at Parties': Film Review | Cannes 2017

'How to Talk to Girls at Parties': Film Review | Cannes 2017

Imagine an anarchic collision between Derek Jarman's Jubilee and a gender-flipped Earth Girls Are Easy (anyone?), then toss in a hallucinogenic dash of Romeo and Juliet, and you're at least in an adjacent galaxy to John Cameron Mitchell's How to Talk to Girls at Parties. If those elements sound like random bedfellows, indeed they are in this scrappy blowout of Neil Gaiman's evocative short story of the same name, about a romance-starved South London teenager's night of otherworldly intoxication during the early days of punk.

There's a sprinkling of incidental pleasures here, among them Nicole Kidman as a jaded low...

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