In the lead up to the 7th Canadian Film Festival in Australia (August 2012), join us as we countdown the Top 100 Canadian Films of the past 30 years. We'll be posting one film a day leading up to Canada Day on July 1st 2012. Do you agree with our staff favourites? Let us know your thoughts!
#90 - Daydream Nation
Daydream Nation is a coming-of-age film about young love, seduction, self-discovery, and homemade drugs.
The story follows a young girl, Caroline, and her move from the big city to a small town. She feels her maturity is beyond the boys at her new school and finds herself seducing her new teacher. The boys in this small town are also grappling with numerous issues from death and drugs, to the inability to woo the opposite sex – plus there’s a serial killer on the loose.
This film brings issues of coming-of-age and young romance into the 21st century. The killer indie soundtrack also helps to bring this film to life and make the journey even sweeter.
It’s one of my favourite movies by far. Caroline oozes charisma and sex appeal as a dysfunctional femme fatale, and takes us on a cheese-free journey as she’s forced to choose between her novel writing teacher and her stoner classmate.
Daydream Nation has often been compared to Juno for its “awkward film about teenagers” vibe, which has become common amongst this genre. The characters embrace their less-than-perfect attributes with a “Hollywood real” feel about them.
My deep-seated love for this film may be a result of egoistical, self-indulgent feelings of being able to relate, but this is one film I could - and do - watch over and over again.
“Charged with alternating currents of teen angst, sardonic wit, nervous dread and impudent sensuality, Daydream Nation suggests Juno as reimagined by David Lynch, or a funnier, sunnier Donnie Darko." -Joe Leydon, Variety
To see the other films in the countdown so far, click here.