You know when you watch a trailer and there’s something so intriguing about it, you run off to find another trailer or a clip or anything you can, because you’re dying to know what the movie’s actually about? These are those trailers. You’re going to watch them and you might think you want to know more, until you actually do, and then you only want to unsee it all.
Writer/director Rafael Kapelinski’s debut feature follows Jake (Theo Stevenson) and his friends navigating “a world distorted by sex and porn”, and while each of his friends has his own secrets, Jake’s is one he can’t talk to anyone about. Er, okay … sounds dark, but a little tempting, no? So one by one, you watch the teasers.
“A haunting psychological journey,” they say; “Original, bold and deeply disturbing …” And then it strikes you, and you remember the Season 3 Black Mirror episode (which rivals Season 1’s “The National Anthem”), the one called “Shut Up and Dance”. Yeah, that one.
Butterfly Kisses is currently screening at the Berlin Film Festival, release date TBA.