Baby Teeth is not so much a stagnant portrait of a woman undone by motherhood — but a woman in relationship with her own struggle, and the complex way in which she endeavors to share that struggle with a friend.
It's a story that explores boundaries in multiple forms. Between friends, but also boundaries within ourselves, our minds, and our memories. How far can we stretch these boundaries before they warp and snap? For Alex, she meets her snapping point in motherhood.
For me, we all tow a delicate line between in control and out of control. And when we lose control we often feel a complete sense of isolation, and are left grappling to rediscover our sense of self.
Does rejecting motherhood make you a bad person? And does failing at it, make you a failure? There seems to be a collective hesitation to explore women making “unlikeable” or controversial choices in film. I like the idea of exploring the “good girl” ideology that still holds most of us so strongly, and subverting it. I think that applies to both the women in the film actually. For Sophie, it’s more in what she keeps hidden — what assumptions about herself and others she keeps secret.
Baby Teeth follows two women through what is an incredibly surreal event. An event so surreal it might feel impossible — the stuff of dreams rather than waking life.