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Official competition

Electrick Children

By : Rebecca Thomas

With : Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken, Bill Sage, Cynthia Watros, Billy Zane, John Patrick Amedori, Rachel Pirard, Cassidy Gard

Country/Year : USA, 2012

Duration : 96'

Language/Age : Vo anglaise avec sst. français et néerlandais / English with French & Dutch subt. / englische Originalfassung mit französichen & niederlandischen Untertiteln

Genre : Coming-of-age drama

Screenings :

Sunday 03 March 2013, 16H30

Wednesday 06 March 2013, 19H00

Friday 08 March 2013, 21H00

Venues :

Utopia (public)

Utopia (public)

Cinémathèque (public)

Synopsis :

Rachel is a rambunctious teenager from a fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah. On Rachel’s 15th birthday, she discovers a forbidden cassette tape with rock music on it. Having never heard anything like it, Rachel has a miraculous experience.

Three months later, Rachel turns up pregnant and claims to have had an immaculate conception from listening to the music. Rachel’s parents arrange a marriage for Rachel, but Rachel runs away to the closest city, LAS VEGAS, to search for the man who sings on the cassette tape, thinking he has something to do with her mysterious pregnancy.

Director :

Rebecca Thomas was raised in Las Vegas, NV, the youngest of 5 children. She took a break from studying film at Brigham Young University to serve a Mormon mission In Japan. She went on to pursue her MFA at Columbia University. "Electrick Children" is Rebecca’s debut feature film.


  • Electrick Children, 2012
  • Ivan Sings, 2009

Infos :


  • Directors to Watch Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013
  • Just Film Award, Best Film, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2012
  • Best Buster Award, Danish Actors' Guild's Best Young Actress, Julia Garner, Buster International Children's Film Festival 2012


  • Opening Film, Generation Berlin International Film Festival, 2012.
  • Special Award, Director's Debut Competition, Mattias Troelstrup (director of photography), Camerimage 2012
  • Someone to Watch Award, Independent Spirit Awards, 2013
  • Grand Prix, Prix du Jury, Prix de la critique internationale, Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville 2012.

Selection :

  • SXSW Film Festival 2012

Critics :

“Elegantly shot to accentuate the open vistas of the Utah desert and bright neon landscapes of the urban scenes, the movie turns its settings into characters as complicated as Rachel's conundrum. And because the world feels real, it's enough to make her curious bun in the oven into an intriguing conceit that's earnestly moving, mainly because she finally has a belief worthy of her scrutiny--and ours.”
Eric Kohn,, February 2012.

“[…] Rachel whom the camera doesn't so much love as fall at the feet of in worship. If she's not the next big thing, she's probably the next, next big thing, and we're happy to have caught this early sampler of her talents.”
Jessica Kiang,,  February 2012.

“Thomas' visually assured debut has all the aesthetic charm of a music video, constantly taking flight into a glorious collection of richly fashioned vignettes which help the film's story of repressed young minds escape into numerous flights of the imagination. Most noticeable however, is how sublimely she uses the atmospheric contrast between Rachel's Little House on the Prairie origins and the garish neon glow of Las Vegas' strip lighting - beautifully using the city's gaudy façade to present us with a world which feels as Alien to us as it would Rachel.”
Patrick Gamble,, 2012

“With a tenderness running alongside the ambiguity throughout and an encapsulating performance from Garner, Electrick Children raises important questions without reading the riot act, choosing a gentler approach to the rough edges of the psychological thriller this so easily could have become.
Joseph McDonagh, TQS Magazine, 2012


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