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Chloe As Luli

Chloe As Luli

This is Chloe Moretz as 13 year old runaway, Luli, in the excellent film Hick, which I saw for the first time a few days ago. Ignore 80% of the reviews of Hick, they are proof of the fact that, cute as they are, people should not allow their pet hamsters to write movie reviews. IMDb list Hick as a comedy… it may be black comedy, it is not comedy. I loved it.

This scene is right at the end of the film, when a lot of horrible shit has happened to the sweet/clever/talented/fucked-up-survivor Luli, yet she is still hopeful/unbroken. Some idiot reviewers have claimed Hick is exploitative; this is rubbish. The film totally addresses exploitative behaviour, it is not exploitative. In this scene Luli is talking to Beau (Alec Baldwin), the only genuinely decent character she has met, since running away from home, in the entire movie… even then, as a result of her recent experiences, she has just slapped him in the face. Luli is, due to her upbringing, potentially doomed, yet her radiant intelligence, courage and strength of will guide her through a seemingly endless series of encounters with even more fucked-up people, all intent on dominance/manipulation of a 13 year old runaway. It is a lovely (despite it’s dark material) dream-like movie, reflecting the fact that Luli is a lovely dreamer. There is not one single gratuitous moment in the entire film and, despite there being only a few violent moments, the film manages to convey tension and menace very well, yet somehow also to be beautiful. Of course, Chloe totally rocks as Luli.

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4 responses

  1. I’ve yet to see anything she’s acted in except for a few trailers. I’ll have to add this to my list of things to check out.

    November 4, 2013 at 4:33 am

    • She may not be in anything you’d like, she has tended to be in ‘dark’ or ‘strange’ movies. Considering she’s only 16, she’s an awesome actor.

      November 4, 2013 at 5:01 am

  2. I never realized your banner illustration is Chloe–until I read this post and decided to look her up. I tend to live in the movie dark ages, so am not familiar with the youngest crop of actors…

    November 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    • Yes, I’m a Chloe fan, ever since seeing her in Kick-Ass. That header image was one of my first attempts at digital painting (:

      November 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

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