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  • Summary: Wild Tigers I Have Known is an ethereal exploration of adolescent longing. Cam Archer's storytelling is unconventional, fresh and overflowing with the kind of heart that is touching and familiar to anyone who remembers junior high as a time of painful desire, confusion and questioning. (IFCWild Tigers I Have Known is an ethereal exploration of adolescent longing. Cam Archer's storytelling is unconventional, fresh and overflowing with the kind of heart that is touching and familiar to anyone who remembers junior high as a time of painful desire, confusion and questioning. (IFC First Take) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    fFrst-time feature filmmaker Cam Archer turns what might have been an exercise in salaciousness into a stylish visual poem about desire and adolescent alienation.
  2. 75
    Archer isn't necessarily taking us anywhere new, but his movie's rapture is beautiful inside and out.
  3. Not simply a coming-out story but a journey into the conflicted androgyny of early adolescence.
  4. Tigers shares a penchant for rigorous self-analysis with such relatively recent films as "Chumscrubber," "Mysterious Skin" and "Tarnation."
  5. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    60
    While the film feels a little creepy towards the end, Archer has a really amazing visual style and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Striking and self-indulgent in equal measure, Cam Archer's first feature, Wild Tigers I Have Known, is an impressive declaration of talent that nonetheless gets a little drunk and disorderly at the trough of High Art. Arresting visual and sonic textures frequently overwhelm sketchy narrative, leaving surface provocation too seldom ballasted by deeper psychological truths or emotional impact.
  7. Fragmentation can be an artful method; it can also be the last refuge for someone who scarcely knows how to make a film. In the no-budget fantasia Wild Tigers I Have Known, the fragments are like a borrowed collage of gay coming-of-age tropes.

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