Today I saw a matinee showing of the movie ‘Teen Spirit’ with my daughter.
Elle Fanning has the leading role in this story of a singing competition in the United Kingdom holding auditions on the Isle of Wight for the first time. Violetta V is a 17-year-old girl living with her single mom on a farm, working as a waitress in a diner, attending high school and singing for fun occasionally on open mic night at a small bar. It is here she runs into the character of Vlad who is the only audience member who claps for her and tells her she has a lovely singing voice. He offers her a drive home but this dishevelled older man seems sketchy and she opts out. However, whilst waiting for her bus she is heckled by a foursome of drunken young men and decides the older Russian is now suddenly her safest best to get home. We learn that VLad is a recovering opera singer and current alcholic and genuinely loves music and is enamoured of Violet’s musicality and angelic voice.
This little movie is sweet and sour for me. The minimally sour part is the whole music competition plot; I am not a huge fan of judging competitions and that combined with a slow pace and minimal dialogue throughout the film left me a bit cold.
On the other hand, the developing relationship between teenage Violet, who barely remembers her father since he left when she was a child and the senior Vlad whose own daughter he hasn’t seen in a few years gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. I quite like being privy to out of the ordinary friendships between unlikely people. They fascinate me. I would like to have an out of the ordinary friendship with an unlikely person.