At a boarding school filled with the privileged and the anesthetized, an Internet-addicted student (Ezra Miller) joins a video-making class and stumbles onto shocking footage:…
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Afterschool

Afterschool | TEEN PSYCHODRAMA Addison Timlin attends a prestigious, troubled academy in Afterschool
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TEEN PSYCHODRAMA Addison Timlin attends a prestigious, troubled academy in Afterschool

At a boarding school filled with the privileged and the anesthetized, an Internet-addicted student (Ezra Miller) joins a video-making class and stumbles onto shocking footage: Twin queen bees convulse and die in agony from bad drugs. Influenced by the cold, accusatory neo-vérité of Michael Haneke's Caché, Afterschool's filmmaker Anthony Campos (who was 24 when he made this jolting pic) captures the numbing psychic scramble that just might cause the YouTube generation to go morally haywire. Or become filmmakers. B+

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Originally posted Oct 06, 2009 Published in issue #1071 Oct 16, 2009 Order article reprints