Babyteeth

Babyteeth ★★★½

Ben Mendolsohn is so good here. Lets you know he could be this good more often, but the material is strong here, as well, providing lots of opportunities for the cast to give us their best. And they do- Davis, Wallace, and certainly Eliza Scanlen in the main lead role, are all impressive in this film that revolves around some all-too real scenarios.
Great use of tone and pacing by director Murphy.
Commis' work behind the camera, with his use of close-ups and color here, is instrumental in adding to the psychological effect Murphy was going for. Milla's vibrant wigs; the bright range of shades and colors in her outfits/dresses; the intensity of red and blue at the party; all add something exciting & new to Milla's last weeks. There's also the use of such vibrancy against her increasingly pallid face.
Moses, I've known his kind. They invariably are self-centered, opportunistic pea brains you shouldn't trust. But to his credit, Moses does seem to want to be better. After all, there's this family that begrudgingly gives him a chance, and then his own family, esp. his little brother Isaac he clearly cares deeply for. There is growth from his first scene to the last. And that last scene was completely unexpected, but really shrewd filmmaking. Credit here to the writer (Kalnejais), director, and editor (Stephen Evans) on ending the film with a scene clearly outside of immediate reality. This is like a dream scenario for your last day alive, when you're with those closest to you, who mean the most, taking pictures (how we document our history, our lives) and being happy. Beats just passing on without those last moments be precious. 3.4 stars