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'Axolotl Overkill' TIFF Next Wave Review: From Trauma Comes Personal Reflection

February 16, 2018Justin Waldman

Writer/Director Helene Hegemann's Axolotl Overkill focuses on a 16-year-old named Mifti, portrayed by Jasna Fritzi Bauer, as she deals with life after her mother's passing, expressing herself through her general not-giving-a-care-in-the-world attitude.

The film explores Mifti's life and obsessions in such a way that it feels like a personal reflection. This is a very interesting and intriguing movie simply because of the way it deals with the trauma surrounding the main character. Losing anyone at a impressionable age is difficult, but losing a parent is something no one wants to experience at any point in life, yet alone at that young an age.

How the film shows the way that Mifti deals with her unfortunate situation through a variety of friendships, relationships and decisions is truly something remarkable. Axolotl Overkill will certainly leave viewers with a variety of emotions, but it also manages to deliver a few solid laughs as well.

Axolotl Overkill screens Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at TIFF Next Wave. Its runtime is 1 hr. 34 min.

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