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Run Time: 106 minutes
Wyrm is falling behind the rest of his classmates. Not in math or literature, but in his sexuality requirement. In an analog-based alternate future where pre-teens are forced to wear a collar that tracks their sexual development, Wyrm must kiss someone or risk being held back as part of the “No Child Left Alone” program. After all, lonely children are at risk of becoming dangerous adults—especially lonely little boys. His twin sister, the deadpan Myrcella, already popped her collar at the movies with the new foreign exchange student. As the siblings navigate puberty to varying degrees of success, they must also reckon with the recent dissolution of their family after the death of their older (and more popular) brother, Dylan. Somewhere between Lanthimos’s “The Lobster” and cult classic “Napoleon Dynamite,” WYRM uses quirky, out-of-time production design and its sense of dry, dark humor to craft a coming-of-age story with a sci-fi bent. Based on his Sundance short of the same name, Christopher Winterbauer’s debut feature imagines a hilarious—albeit disconcerting—alternative to the norm of abstinence-only education. — D.O.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 1:35 PM ET
Friday, April 03, 2020 at 11:40 AM ET
Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 7:15 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
New Direction Competition
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