SIFF Says:Dealing with the agonies and ecstasies of adolescence, BLUE MY MIND follows Mia (newcomer Luna Wedler) as she navigates her first year at a new high school. Rebelling against her workaholic mother, her changing body, and her heightened emotions, Mia befriends the confident yet defiant Gianna (Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen), and takes on both peer pressure and popularity contests previously foreign to her. As her friendship with Gianna and her self-destructive behavior deepen, the changes to her body become more extreme, and Mia begins to realize that her metamorphosis into a woman isn’t a typical one. A violent thirst for salt water, a peculiar webbing between the toes, and peeling, scaly skin isn’t something they teach in the puberty chapter of sex-ed. Partying, drugs, and sex become Mia’s world as she desperately tries to ignore the overwhelming and increasingly obvious transformation that’s taking over. Director Lisa Bruhlmann reflects on the monstrosity and otherness of the female body when it becomes a powerful, sexual being. Her surreal debut film is still very much grounded in the reality of teenage girlhood, making the graphic body horror and fantasy elements even more emphatic and devastating.
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