Every now and then a sublimely unpretentious film comes along with a soundtrack that rocks your socks and characters that make you fall in love. Electrick Children is the indie flick of the summer that does exactly that, and to top it off it has the sublime beauty of a Culkin, essential casting for an indie film as we all know. We were lucky enough to watch it as part of the East London Film Festival at the Hackney Picturehouse, but general UK release is on Friday 13th July.
So the scene is set in 1996 on Rachel’s 15th Birthday, she is part of a fundamentalist Mormon family who believe music is evil. She discovers a forbidden cassette tape and has a miraculous experience when hearing the music for the first time, we won’t tell you what the miraculous experience is, let’s just say it’s significant.
She then runs away to Las Vegas in search for the man whose music was on the cassette (cue Culkin) who is dishevelled, quirky, handsome and a skater boy, everything you could possibly need in a love. This film is literally a must see – we defy you not to sway and smile and wish you were her (despite the unfortunate circumstances) throughout the majority of the film. And if the above doesn’t convince you to go and watch it, then we do not know what will!