Electrick Children (15)

 

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Rebecca Thomas's feature debut shows a striking visual promise that's not quite matched by her storytelling.

Julia Garner plays 15-year-old Rachel, daughter of a remote Mormon community in Utah, who believes she's been impregnated by her first exposure to rock music. Her pastor father (Billy Zane) organises her wedding – for the next day.

Escaping to Las Vegas, she falls in with teenage dropout Clyde (Rory Culkin) and begins a drastically compressed education in the modern world.

Thomas brings a fresh perception to the eerie mood of displacement, and wins a fine performance from Garner as the wide-eyed naïf. It loses its way before the end, but its interest never flags.

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