Available until June 3, 2021
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. A tribute to youthful aspiration, Jasmin Mozaffari’s feature debut offers us the chance to feel as rebellious, as animated, as alive as its protagonists.
"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
"Firecrackers, Jasmin Mozaffari’s astonishingly confident (and perfectly named) debut feature, opens with a flare of fury and ends on a note of anxious optimism. What happens between is often sensed more than spoken: This is a movie that, like its characters, is more fluent in feelings than in words." Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"Mozaffari has an incredible eye for the details that bring a situation or place to life, working with inexperienced actors to create electrifying characters and a sense of edgy unpredictability." Peter Debruge, Variety
Achievement in Direction, Canadian Screen Awards 19
Michaela Kurimsky, Karena Evans, Callum Thompson, Tamara LeClair, David Kingston