Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Brad Renfro, Illeana Douglas
Park Circus Films
Teen angst intersects with middle-aged alienation in CRUMB director Terry Zwigoff’s brilliant adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ serialized cult comic. The story of teenaged outsider best friends Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), GHOST WORLD is a Haley’s Comet of film, at once insightfully absurdist and achingly moving, an outright miracle of storytelling that never ceases to surprise. Roger Ebert memorably raved that he “wanted to hug this movie. It takes such a risky journey and never steps wrong. It creates specific, original, believable, lovable characters, and meanders with them through their inconsolable days, never losing its sense of humour.” Fantasia showcased the film’s Canadian premiere in 2001, at a time when its theatrical release in the country was uncertain. It became one of the most adored films of that year’s lineup.