Blue My Mind Movie Review
There’s this thing called puberty. You may have heard of it. Your body changes. Your hormones rage. You start acting out, and become more aware of how others perceive you. Sometimes you grow a fish tail. We’ve all been through it.
Blue My Mind is a weird coming-of-age story in the vein of Thelma and Raw, a quasi-horror film about a 15-year-old girl becoming a woman, or something. Well-crafted and engaging throughout, the movie serves as an interesting metaphor for body image issues and accepting yourself for who you are.
Or it’s just a movie about a pretty girl transforming into a mermaid.
Directed by Lisa Brühlmann, the Swiss film stars Luna Wedler, who does a terrific job as the girl in question. Wedler singlehandedly carries the movie, the rest of the cast simply pawns in Brühlmann’s twisted drama. Her expressive performance draws you in, even when the things she does pushes you away.
What drove Brühlmann to tell a story such as this? It’s hard to say. As good as Blue My Mind, it is a movie with a narrow audience—it’s not one I could easily recommend, despite its qualities. As a coming-of-age story, it’s well done and could have worked just as well without all the weird stuff; as a science-fiction or horror film (I’m not sure what to call it), it’s fine, though it is so nuanced and random I don’t entirely see the point. Sure, she changes into a fish-mermaid thing—to what end, I’m not sure.
Blue My Mind is a well-made drama that casts a spell on you; even still, its weird premise makes it more of a curiosity than a movie you’d want to revisit again. Then again, we all only go through puberty once.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.