I've spent the last few days at the Edinburgh Film Festival: seen some good films, seen some rubbish films. This falls squarely in the former category, and has a public screening on Saturday if you like the sound of it...
We are introduced to Kid-Thing’s titular tyke via a pair
of scenes that effectively distil the film as a whole. In a dream-like
opening, Annie (Sydney Aguirre) watches stock cars smash into one
another; shortly after, we see her eating breakfast (a bucket of Froot
Loops, spooned with an ice-cream scoop) while reading a story that runs
on non-sequiters. What follows combines these two elements: in a string
of non-causal sketches, Annie asbos around her neighbourhood, smashing
porcelain, shooting cow carcasses with a paint gun, and thieving from
the convenience store.
Her banal destruction is drolly funny, with
brothers David and Nathan Zellner (director/writer and
producer/cinematographer respectively) adopting a stylishly detached
tone. A Mark Mothersbaugh-ish soundtrack from fellow Austinites The
Octopus Project enhances Kid-Thing’s unusual allure, while the
discovery of a woman trapped down a pit (voiced by Susan Tyrell, who
sadly died last week) adds allegorical mystery, leading to an ambiguous
climax likely to illicit groans as well as gasps.