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Teens Lou (Michaela Kurimsky) and Chantal (Karena Evans) have only one thing on their minds: getting the hell out of their rural Ontario backwater and never looking back. Scouring their stifling surroundings for any source of income, these resilient girls butt heads with a place and a populace that threaten to rob them of their free spirits. But Lou and Chantal are equally threatened by their own combustibility and could very well precipitate their own ruin.
A tribute to youthful ambition and ideals, Jasmin Mozaffari’s feature debut offers us the chance to feel as rebellious, as animated and as alive as its protagonists. Set against a striking backdrop of big skies and open spaces and vibrantly shot by Catherine Lutes, Firecrackers hinges on raging emotions and devastating heartbreaks. It’s also a potent reminder that opportunities in life are often precarious and fleeting. None of us have a moment to waste.
"Jasmin Mozaffari paints a devastating portrait of young women stuck at a crossroads, where neither direction is particularly hopeful. Inspired by filmmakers as disparate as Andrea Arnold, Lynne Ramsay and fellow Canadian Ashley McKenzie—but never stooping to imitating them—Mozaffari delivers a supernaturally confident feature debut. Firecrackers is not nearly as casually joyful as its title suggests, but it is absolutely as incendiary."— Barry Hertz, Globe & Mail