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Ira, Malin, and Ka have just graduated from Germany’s version of high school, and the group has planned a road trip to Italy. There is no specific destination or why, but off they go, and they even pick up a hitchhiker who introduces herself as Zoe.
She is a bit of an anomaly, and Ka doesn’t particularly trust her, but Ira becomes enamored with her. However, as they enter an evacuated village, increasingly things unravel as it is questioned who is posturing for the group?
Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.
18-year-old Ira, out of all her friends, might be the one least excited about adulthood and getting out of school.
A little rebellious, Ka is glad school is over, though she isn’t excited about the pressure to proclaim what she’ll do next.
Malin might be the only one in her group to be glad to be done with school and have a plan for what’s next.
When we meet Zoe, she is a hitchhiker who intrigues Ira and gets on Ka’s nerves because of how mysterious she comes off.
Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)
On The Fence
It Had Potential That Feels Squandered
The issue with “Dead Girls Dancing” is that it doesn’t build to anything, and its ending is abrupt and without resolution. We just watch the girls travel throughout Italy, break into various homes and a store in an evacuated village, get into some moderate trouble, and that’s it.
In terms of getting to know the girls, you get a sense of their personality, that Ira is potentially queer, but there isn’t much there to hook you. Mind you, with their different attitudes about finishing school, that could have been explored. Zoe causing a bit of a crux between them could have been a catalyst for something, and the list goes on.
Yet, in the end, “Dead Girls Dancing” feels almost unfinished and frustrating due to having characters who never reach their individual or shared potential. I’d even say, regarding what could have been, there is mention that Ka, for a short time, was living with Ira and her mom, and that seemed like it could have been a good jump-off point for their relationship. Especially considering Ira seems at least curious, and Ka clearly doesn’t like Zoe. But, for whatever reason, that friendship, and the potential of something more, isn’t explored.
|Screenplay By||Anna Roller|
|Date Released (Film Festival – Tribeca Film Festival)||June 16, 2023|
|Genre(s)||Adventure, Drama, Young Adult|
|Film Length||1 Hour 38 Minutes|
|Content Rating||Not Rated|
|Noted Characters and Cast|
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Why Is the Film Called “Dead Girls Dancing?”
There isn’t a notable or specific reason for the title.
Is There A Mid-Credit or Post Credits Scene?
Why Is “Dead Girls Dancing” Rated Not Rated
Cursing throughout, drinking, and smoking.
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