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Blue My Mind

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Switzerland · 2017
1h 37m
Director Lisa Brühlmann
Starring Luna Wedler, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen, Regula Grauwiller, Georg Scharegg
Genre Drama, Fantasy

Mia, a 15-year-old girl on the cusp of puberty, faces an overwhelming transformation which puts her entire existence into question. Her body is changing radically, and despite desperate attempts to halt the process, Mia is soon forced to accept that nature is far more powerful than she is.

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Melanie Greenberg Profile picture for Melanie Greenberg

Adding surreal and visceral elements to a classic coming of age story makes the emotions even more palpable.

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The Verge by

Brühlmann’s ambiguous, evocative images document rather than judge. The precocious teen parties and wild shoplifting trips are never deemed terrible, although for these characters, sex feels meaningless, and mental agony is nearly too overwhelming to face.


Variety by Jessica Kiang

Having created a striking and potent allegory in “Blue My Mind,” and explored it with grace, seriousness, and exceptional craft, Brühlmann doesn’t seem to know quite what to do with it by the end, except to suggest that the cost of self-acceptance is vast, eternal, oceanic loneliness.


The A.V. Club by Katie Rife

In many ways, the film is reminiscent of last year’s arthouse horror hit Raw, using monstrous transformation as a metaphor for puberty and sexual awakening. It’s not as extreme as Raw in its content, though, nor as skillful in its technique.


We Got This Covered by Matt Donato

Blue My Mind is a provocative Swiss origin story about sex, drugs and trials no person can possibly be prepared for. Whether Mia’s transformation is true or a ruse, the proposition of underwater DNA is only bested by Lisa Brühlmann’s execution.


Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

As push-pull friendships in churning waters go, Mia’s and Gianna’s is the visceral heart of Brühlmann’s film, which otherwise isn’t the greatest mix of teen angst and body horror you’re likely to see, but also nowhere near the worst.


Screen International by Wendy Ide

The debut feature from actress Lisa Brühlmann, Blue My Mind brings a surreal spin to the coming of age story, and is an effective showcase for a striking cast of young performers.

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