First-time helmer Michiel van Jaarsveld creates a sultry atmosphere bordering on the morbid in “Drift,” a tale about teenage siblings who fight their growing attraction to each other. The young thesps bring the strongly drawn characters to life in a frank but never vulgar coming-of-age story. Believably set on the other side of the tracks, pic has an original take on the adolescent search for freedom that will have most appeal for younger auds.
Sammy (a rebellious Christel Oomen) is discovering her sexual desires and attractiveness at 15. Absentee parents have left her in the care of her older brother Jakob (Dragan Bakema), a heart-of-gold skinhead who keeps the household going by packaging rancid, putrefied meat. Sammy wants out of his suffocating protectiveness dosed with jealousy, and provocatively flaunts her budding sexuality in his face. Pic gives the viewer little chance to sympathize with Sammy’s bad-girl antics, which include seducing her best friend’s father. Bakema generates more compassion as her sexy, tormented brother, on whom she turns her attention. The nervous energy of a handheld camera captures the underlying tensions.