Babyteeth (2020): Australian Melodrama about a Terminally-ill Woman

Babyteeth is a well acted Australian melodrama about a terminally ill woman, a drug-dealer boyfriend and her disapproving parents.

ssie Davis as “Anna,” Eliza Scanlen as “Milla,” Toby Wallace as “Moses,” and Ben Mendelsohn as “Henry” in Shannon Murphy’s BABYTEETH.

Essie Davis, Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Ben Mendelsohn in Babyteeth.

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Psychiatrist Henry Finlay (Ben Mendelsohn) and his wife Anna (Essie Davis), once a music prodigy, enjoy their luxurious life in Sydney.

Things change when their daughter Milla (Eliza Scanlen), who’s 16, encounters first love with Moses (Toby Wallace),  a hot-wired junkie.

Since Milla has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, the Finlays have to make allowances.

First-time feature director Shannon Murphy and screenwriter Rita Kalnejais, who adapted her own play, almost avoid familiarity of the terminal illness melodrama.