The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Knives and Skin

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IFC returns with Knives and Skin, a new thriller from director Jennifer Reeder.

The film follows the investigation of a young girl’s disappearance in a rural Midwest town. As secrets about the case are revealed bit by bit, unusual coping techniques develop among the traumatized small-town residents. With teenagers experiencing an accelerated loss of innocence and parents forced to confront adulthood failures, relationships are put to the test as the town’s sheriff tries to locate the missing girl.

Examining the profound impact of grief, Knives and Skin is a mystical teen noir presenting coming of age as a lifelong process.


“Social satire’s strange sights and sounds are sure to stick with you.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“There is genuine eeriness here, and Reeder makes distinctive use of color and music.” – Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

“Knives and Skin is a welcome reprieve from its genre-mates’ sameness, borrowing and blending elements from assorted storied predecessors to create something mysterious, hypnotic and malevolent.” – Nick Schager, The Daily Beast

Knives and Skin
Knives And Skin.