Since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, we haven’t seen much from Hedwig and the Angry Inch director John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties, outside of the few short teaser posts put up by the talent on Instagram. This adaptation of the Neil Gaiman short story got weird reviews from critics but was beloved by the festival audience, as far as we can tell, and now Film4 has dropped a new full-length trailer for the project. If you like your punk movies served with a heaping helping of weirdo sci-fi, this might just be your new favorite movie.
Again, we’re super excited for this, and very little about that has changed in the past few months, regardless of what the rabble says- you can’t quantify how much we love how Nicole Kidman looks in this movie with words. Fanning’s awkward coldness looks like an asset here, and Mitchell’s eye for the odd and the beautiful looks as compelling as ever. It’s like Quadrophenia met Rocky Horror in the back of a bar, and they got together, settled down, and raised a wonderfully bizarre and precocious little child.
Here’s a synopsis from the US distributor, A24:
John Cameron Mitchell, director of the acclaimed films ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and ‘Shortbus’ takes us to an exotic and unusual world: suburban London in the late ’70s. Under the spell of the Sex Pistols, every teenager in the country wants to be a punk, including our hopeless hero Enn (Alex Sharp). Crashing local punk queen Boadicea’s party, Enn discovers every boy’s dream — gorgeous foreign exchange students. When he meets the enigmatic Zan (Elle Fanning), it’s love at first sight.
But these teens are, in fact, aliens from outer space, sent to Earth to prepare for a mysterious rite of passage. When their dark secret is revealed, the love-struck Enn must turn to Boadicea (Nicole Kidman) and her followers for help in order to save the girl he loves from certain death. When the punks take on the aliens, neither Enn’s nor Zan’s universe will ever be the same again.
We don’t have any information as far as a release date goes for How to Talk to Girls at Parties, but we do know that it exists and is coming soon. Here’s to hoping it’s sooner rather than later.
Featured image provided by A24.