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Afterschool (2008)

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Directer:Antonio Campos   Producer:Victor Aaron, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond  

Writter:Antonio Campos  Cinematography:Jody Lee Lipes Editor:Antonio Campos  

Running time:107 min Country:USA  Language:English Genre:Drama, Mystery   

Subtitle: English Starring:Ezra Miller ... Robert, Jeremy Allen White ... Dave,
Emory Cohen ... Trevor, Michael Stuhlbarg ... Mr. Burke, Addison Timlin ... Amy,
David Costabile ... Mr. Anderson (as David Costable), Rosemarie DeWitt ... Ms. Vogel,
Dariusz M. Uczkowski ... Peter (as Dariusz Michal Uczkowski) Gary Wilmes ... Mr. Virgil

 

   


 

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Casting Society of America, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2010 Nominated Artios Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Low Budget Feature - Drama/Comedy
Susan Shopmaker 
 
Gotham Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Nominated Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You Antonio Campos (director) 
Josh Mond (producer) 
Sean Durkin (producer) 
Breakthrough Director Award Antonio Campos 
 
Independent Spirit Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2009 Nominated Independent Spirit Award Best First Feature
Antonio Campos (director) 
Sean Durkin (producer) 
Josh Mond (producer) 
 
Nashville Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2009 Won Special Award Special Jury Prize for Experimental Narrative
Antonio Campos 
 


 

An Internet-addicted prep-school student captures on video camera the drug overdose of two girls.

 

Afterschool is a 2008 drama film filmed, written, and directed by Antonio Campos. It premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival in the program Un Certain Regard. The film gained an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award nomination for Campos and won the Jury Prize for experimental narrative film at the Nashville Film Festival.

Plot
At a private co-ed prep school, internet-video and pornography obsessed teenager Robert (Ezra Miller) arrives first at the scene of two older girl twins dying due to drugs contaminated with rat poison. Confused, Robert does not call for help but rather simply walks over to the girls and sits on the floor with them, pulling one into his lap as she dies. This scene, caught on security camera and by another student on a cell phone, is repeatedly shown, but always from the same angle: with Robert''s back to the viewer. The viewer cannot see her death but only hear her cries slowly subside. This is all caught on a video camera Robert was using for a school project. The girls die. An atmosphere of paranoia and unease sets in among students and teachers, Robert being affected as well. The school claims that the drugs were bought outside the school and enforces a new, much harsher, drug policy wherein bags are searched and students are expelled. Robert and another student, Amy (Addison Timlin), are assigned to make a memorial video. The school is not happy with the result and has it re-edited, to make a smoother version.
While making the video, Robert and Amy begin a romantic relationship, wherein they both have sex for the first time in a wooded area. However, it is later hinted that Amy and Rob''s roommate may be involved romantically, as well. He fights with his roommate, who sold the drugs to the twins, and shouts that he killed the girls. The school questions him about this accusation, and is relieved that Robert says it was not substantiated. Robert is asked to take a leave of absence from the school. Toward the end of the film, we are finally shown the scene of the girls'' deaths from the front and see Robert pressing his hand over her mouth and nose, smothering her. Later, Robert is shown at the school nurse, taking a daily dose of pills, an act which Robert is seen previously to not be involved in, showing that Robert is now on medication, which one can only assume are for mental health.


 

 





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