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Film festivals have their quirky picks and every year, there are one or two films that often make their premiere at the Venice Film Festival early in the season, but fail to turn up later at TIFF, Telluride or NYFF. Last year, one of those pictures was Jennifer Kent’s sprawling colonialism and harrowing revenge film, “The Nightingale,” not an easy sell by any stretch given the material and length (2.5+ hours). It’s a sign of something, their absence at other festivals, but that something is particular to the kind of film it is. This year one of the curious pictures at Venice only is “Babyteeth,” the directorial debut of Australian filmmaker Shannon Murphy— one of only two female filmmakers in competition at the festival. It’s doubly controversial at the festival given that it’s a debut that has skipped over the sidebars and gone straight to competition. Then again, with the lack of female filmmakers, no one should be complaining.
A bittersweet comedy, “Babyteeth,” has a great cast that features up and comer Eliza Scanlen (Who made a big splash last year in HBO’s “Sharp Objects”) as the least as well as the Toby...
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