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How to Talk to Girls at Parties
John Cameron Mitchell returns to the director's chair for the first time in seven years since the Oscar-nominated drama Rabbit Hole with a 1970s-set romantic comedy based on a short story by Neil Gaiman, which is literally out of this world. Shy teenager Enn (Alex Sharp) and best friend Vic (AJ Lewis) dip their toes into the burgeoning punk scene by attending a gig by local band the Dyschords, who are managed by the formidable Boadicea (Nicole Kidman). The young men subsequently head to an after-party at a mansion, which is filled with the most bizarre creatures. It transpires that these alluring denizens are extra-terrestrials, who are temporarily on Earth to take part in an ancient rite of passage. Enn is drawn to a pretty teenager called Zan (Elle Fanning), and she seems to be similarly smitten. Abandoning her fellow creatures, Zan embarks on a hallucinogenic journey through the streets of punk rock London with Enn, setting in motion events that will create a potentially catastrophic divide between mankind and the aliens. The fate of the universe rests in the hands of Enn and Zan, and their feelings for each other.