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OFF Review: Cigarette Girl

January 27, 2010

By Melody Watson

I’m a girl. I smoke cigarettes. When presented with a stack of screeners, the movie “Cigarette Girl” seemed like the logical choice for my first review.

The newest offering from famed local director Mike McCarthy (Teenage Tupelo),” Cigarette Girl” is your basic trying-to-leave-the-mafia tale.  The setting is 2035,  a dystopia where smoking cigarettes means you are forced to live on the seedy side of town. “Cigarette Girl” is our heroine, she’s trying to escape her addiction to cigarettes and her gangster boss.

For the budget, the visuals are stellar.  The film opens with a “Mad Men” look and feel, a burning cigarette bounces throughout the credits.  Lots of black rooms with little light offer a cheap but effective way to mask what would be problems with the set.  McCarthy seems to have been influenced by the red and black design of “Sin City.”  I’m not sure if he is a fan of Frank Miller, but I wouldn’t be surprised.  Much like “Metropolis,” which is referenced in the film, McCarthy uses a factory as the backdrop of much of the film.

While I may not agree with McCarthy’s assertion that ““Nothing of any original value has occurred since the death of Elvis Presley.” “Cigarette Girl” has an original take on an old idea.  It’s bursting with great visuals and a good performance from the lead, Cori Dials.

The film screens at the Oxford Film Festival on Thursday and Friday night at 10 p.m.

*Obligatory notice: Cigarettes are bad yo.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 21, 2010 2:41 am

    The reviewer gets it. Cigarette Girl is just a futuristic retro film noir cleverly funny deadpan cool Memphis indie sparkler of a film.

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