Has snagged distribution deals in France, UK, and Australia. If it gets theatrical release in the US it probably won't be seen on more than a few screens, however it should be a rewarding film to watch at home.
Though it's the first film from writer/director Rebecca Thomas, 'Electrick Children' is getting fair reviews.
A contempo nativity story in which the Holy Ghost seemingly impregnates a Mormon girl through a cover of Jack Lee/Blondie's incomparable tune, "Hanging on the Telephone," "Electrick Children" reps a sweet slice of indie quirk. Although the script for writer-helmer Rebecca Thomas' debut feature feels as if it's been overworked by one too many screenwriting workshops, confident helming and a charming young cast, especially lead Julia Garner, make pic as the irresistibly fizzy as a sachet of Pop Rocks. Low-wattage names attached will confine this to niche distribution, but it reps a crackling calling card for all involved.
Last act arguably serves up too many magical coincidences, but such sleight of scriptural hand may be forgivable in a story where characters fervently believe God actively shapes their destinies. Besides, Thomas directs with such blithe grace and elegant pacing, and the thesps are so darn cute, any sins are easily forgivable.
This from Indiewire:
Opening the Generation section of the 2012 Berlinale, which is designed to promote films for, by and/or about young people, we honestly weren't sure what to expect from "Electrick Children," the debut film from writer/director Rebecca Thomas. Colour us pleasantly surprised then to discover that the film is a genuinely enjoyable coming of age tale that compensates, and then some, for its narrative shortcomings with the winningness of the three central performances, from Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken and a luminous Julia Garner. It's really Garner's movie, and young though she is, she imbues a role that could easily have come across as prissy or doltish with a perfect combination of sweetness, naivete and stubbornness that sells even the less convincing nooks and crannies of the story.
I like the hook -- A young Mormon girl listens to forbidden rock music on a tape recorder. A few months later she is pregnant and claims immaculate conception by the music. A nice device to frame an examination of character.
Film played Berlinale and is scheduled at SXSW.