The Year I Broke My Voice | Chicago Reader

The Year I Broke My Voice

Madsen Minax wrote and directed this local production about juvenile delinquents hanging out in a postindustrial wasteland; Paul William Kruse provided the richly textured digital photography. The movie trades in short dramatic vignettes, but the overall spirit feels closer to experimental than narrative filmmaking. Much of the dialogue has been lifted from the 80s teen dramas The Outsiders, Stand by Me, and The Year My Voice Broke, which Minax defamiliarizes by casting gender-ambiguous performers in nearly all the parts. This feels a little academic in its consideration of gender roles, though the poetic imagery, generally unforced, helps to make up for that.

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