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on HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES

How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a great title that comes attached to one of those "orphan movies" you sometimes discover by sheer accident then want to share with everyone else. Not "orphan" in the legal sense of a film abandoned by its copyright holders, but more in the sense of a film buffeted around by its context - it's been bouncing around for a while now since its ill-received 2017 premiere out of competition at Cannes, looking for distribution. And it's also an "orphan movie" because its playful, willingly anarchic sensibility has absolutely no good fit in the contemporary film scene.

Simultaneously earnest and camp, joyful and dark, retro-futuristic and utterly impossibly to be catalogued, How to Talk to Girls at Parties shares its groovy vibe both with Mike Myers' Austin Powers fish-out-of-time innuendo and Roman Coppola's underrated period fantasy CQ: it's a radio transmission from another…

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