Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom” is the winner of the first Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival 2010.
Completely bonkers in the best possible way, it adheres to the shock-the-rubes spirit of Araki's early comedies but is executed with far more skill.
It features a set of unbelievably beautiful college students (played by Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, and Juno Temple, among others) who are drawn into a science-fiction cyber-thriller.
The film begins as a wacky, self-aware teen sex comedy, then gets progressively crazier and crazier as Araki pushes as many elements as he can well past the point of absurdity (including but in no way limited to: conspiracy theories, mysterious eschatological cults, men in animal masks, a long-haired hippy called Messiah, and lots and lots of bi-curious sexcapades).
It's a deliriously anarchist cinematic cherry-bomb, executed by Araki with a level of control that is simply staggering for this type of material. He knows exactly what he's doing, and on its own terms, Kaboom is something very close to perfect." ---IndieWire