A social outcast at school and a dureppointed at home, awkward, alienated and brilliant Paulin does not fit in: neither at her up-scale high school nor in her lopsided family – an uptight mother, an emasculated father and her beloved sister, 12 year old Grace. Grace is a beautiful, ‘normal’ and dying of cystic fibrosis. Pauline dreams of becoming a surgeon and is enticed by flesh and everything medical; she undertakes a cure for Grace.
Excision was originally an acclaimed short film in 2008, but Richard Bates JR. developed its material into his first feature, a hi-gloss tragicomedy about teenage angst slammed into psychosis. An unrecognizable Anna Lyne McCord gives a pitch-perfect performance as the bruised and lost Pauline, a distant cousin of Lucky McKee’s May. Watch for cameos by John Waters, Malcolm McDowell and others.
Duration: 1hr 21
Version: English, with french subtitles
Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Producer: Dylan Hale Lewis
Screenplay: Richard Bates Jr.
Cinematography: Itay Gross
Editing: Steve Ansell, Yvonne Valdez
Music: Steve Damstra II, Mads Heldtberg
Cast: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter