The plot: teenage misfit Sherry (fantastically acted by Ellen Page) drops out of school & hooks up with SPARK - a group of new-age hippy-types & recovering addicts, who turn out to be a cult. She is set to work in their vineyard, where she gets some measure of the affection & sense of belonging she craves but also a psychological battering & cruel punishments, which she is told are for her own good but are ultimately down to SPARK's leader blaming everyone around him for his own issues.
I feel this subject is one oozing with potential but sadly, most of the substance was traded in for style in this movie. For instance, I initially found it very hard to 'get into' as most of the characters at first came across as being so much larger-than-life that I couldn't relate to - or care about - any of them. There was also a near-silent scene between 2 characters which was performed virtually as a dance but which didn't really fit in with the situation they were in.
That said, the second part of the film rather more captivating - mainly thanks to some beautiful cinematography & good, solid acting. However, most of the situations didn't have enough subtlety to make them convincing, so while I found it interesting & entertaining to watch, I was ultimately left feeling that Mouth To Mouth didn't have much to say.
Her lack of substance but unique & visually powerful style mean that in future, I will look out for films which Alison Murray directs but I will steer well away from any which she writes. And I will definately check out other films starring Ellen Page, who acts her socks off in this.