ADULT LIFE SKILLS
Director: Rachel Tunnard
Feature film | GB | 2016
96 min | Dolby 5.1
50th Hof International Film Festival
Anna is stuck: she’s approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mother’s garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever even bothered. She spends her days making videos, using her thumbs as actors – thumbs that bicker about things like whether Yogi Bear is a moral or existential nihilist. But Anna doesn’t show these videos to anyone and no one knows what they are for.
A week before her birthday her mother serves her an ultimatum – she needs to move out of the shed, get a haircut that doesn’t put her gender in question and stop dressing like a homeless teenager. Naturally, Anna tells her mother to back off. However, when her school friend comes to visit, Anna’s self-imposed isolation becomes impossible to maintain. Soon she is entangled with a troubled eight-year-old boy obsessed with Westerns, and the local estate agent whose awkward interpersonal skills continually undermine his attempts to seduce her.