Anthem of a Teenage Prophet
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"The Prophet of Death" isn’t a nickname that any teenager looks to be saddled with. But such is the unfortunate lot of Luke (Shameless’ Cameron Monaghan) who’s not only just lost his best friend but also predicted the tragedy while high as a kite. Promptly falling for his dead friend’s girl Faith (rising star Peyton List) despite his best intentions, he likewise spirals into more macabre premonitions, including the demise of his lifelong friend, Fang (Grayson Gabriel). Dead set on turning the tide of fate, Luke starts to suspect that his visions may not be a curse at all.
In adapting Joanne Proulx’s award-winning novel, Robin Hays cranks the 90s-era soundtrack to 11 and amplifies all of the angst, elation and uncertainty rattling around in Luke’s head to, well, anthemic levels. Hays immerses us in Luke’s emotional tumult and leaves us dizzyingly adrift in a sea of roiling frustrations and desires. Despite its supernatural trappings, her debut feature distinguishes itself for just how damn real it all feels.
"I was drawn to the project because it dealt with life and death in a way I could relate to… [It] deals with death in a very direct, human way. As Luke says in the novel, "Yes, we all die—but first we get to live. And that’s big, that’s beautiful, that’s not to be missed."—Robin Hays