Holy shit, what a ride! The slow-burn lover and the found-footage fanatic inside of me really found joy in GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN. I desperately want this one to be a feature film, as the concept and execution were both incredible — I rewatched it a number of times just take it all in. The film’s premise is delightfully meta given the fact that it screened at a film festival: Two aspiring-filmmaker sisters, living on what one can presume is the outskirts of town, decide to host a film festival at their house in order to showcase the movie they’ve been working on. They also smoke glitter that gives them superhuman abilities, and they might be serial killers —but, primarily, they’re filmmakers.
We follow the sisters as they discover and explore the powers this wondrous, smokable glitter gives them, including truly explosive ax-wielding arms and the ability to break plates on their heads while giggling gleefully. Though these supernatural powers are exciting, they do seem to be a secondary interest to their desire to screen a homemade movie to a live audience. Quite possibly one of my favorite moments of foreshadowing occurs when they’re watching a scary movie where all you can hear from the TV are screams and they have the following exchange:
‘We could do this.’
‘No, like, we could make a movie.’
I got chills at that moment, and it’s one of the many clever nods the movie makes to itself. I especially appreciated that at one point at the beginning of the film, one of the sisters is watching what appears to be a grindhouse-style, women gone wild!! movie called Angels Wild Women. The direct juxtaposition allows for a reading of GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN, though seemingly more even tempered, but just as ruthless, as natural successors to the grindhouse gals.
There’s so much I want to say about this movie, but simply don’t have the time to. My only complaint — and it’s quite trivial — is that we didn’t see enough of the handheld footage that the red-hatted sister was taping at the end. Otherwise, everything in this movie feels deliberate from the use of space to the score — even the sisters’ outfits strike me as meticulously curated. And I loved every single minute of it.