Firecrackers (2018)


Firecrackers (2018)

Lou and her best friend Chantal plan to get out of their isolated, run-down town and move to a city far, far away. When Chantal's unstable and possessive ex violates her during a night of partying, the girls decide to exact their revenge on him through a night of vandalism and debauchery. The consequences of their actions are devastating, threatening the girls' chances of ever leaving. The more Lou fights tooth-and-nail to save her friendship and hold onto her dreams, the more she spins out of control as she begins to realize that freedom will come at a high cost.
IMDb   6.0 /10
Metacritic   80 %
TheMovieDb    5.9 /10
Director Jasmin Mozaffari
Writer Jasmin Mozaffari
Release Date2019-07-12
Runtime1h 33mins
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
Awards7 wins & 19 nominations.
CompanyProwler Film, Wildling Pictures, Alcina Pictures

Firecrackers (film)

Firecrackers is a 2018 Canadian drama film written and directed by Jasmin Mozaffari. An expansion of Mozaffari's 2013 short film of the same name, the film stars Michaela Kurimsky and Karena Evans as two teenage girls trying to escape their small town.

The film has its world premiere on September 8, 2018 at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released theatrically on March 29, 2019 in Canada and on July 12, 2019 in the United States.


Lou and Chantal are best friends whose plan to leave their isolated small town to move to the city are threatened when Chantal is assaulted by her possessive ex-boyfriend. The young women take revenge and the consequences threaten their chances of ever leaving. The more Lou fights to save her friendship and hold onto her dreams, the more she spins out of control.


  • Michaela Kurimsky as Lou
  • Karena Evans as Chantal
  • Callum Thompson as Jesse
  • David Kingston as Johnny
  • Tamara LeClair as Leanne
  • Scott Cleland as Josh
  • Dylan Mask as Kyle
  • Gabe Meacher as Eric
  • Robert Cormier as Shane
  • Tarick Glancy as Travis


Critical reception

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 96%, based on 23 reviews, and an average rating of 8.29/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 80 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Katie Walsh wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "Firecrackers isn’t just a confident feature debut from Mozaffari, but a daring one, the kind of fast and furious feminine filmmaking that heralds the arrival of several exciting new talents."

The film was named a New York Times Critic's Pick in 2019 and David Edelstein named it to New York (magazine)'s "The Movies We Loved in 2019" list.


In December 2018, the Toronto International Film Festival named the film to its annual year-end Canada's Top Ten films.

AwardDate of ceremonyCategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef(s)
Canadian Screen AwardsMarch 31, 2019Best DirectorJasmin MozaffariWon
Best Costume DesignMara ZiglerNominated
Best EditingSimone SmithWon
Best First FeatureJasmin MozaffariNominated
Directors Guild of Canada26 October 2019Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature FilmNominated
Best Production Design – Feature FilmThea HollatzNominated
Best Picture Editing – Feature FilmSimone SmithNominated
Stockholm International Film FestivalNovember 2018Best FilmJasmin MozaffariWon
Best ActressMichaela KurimskyWon
Toronto Film Critics AssociationJanuary 9, 2020Rogers Best Canadian Film AwardJasmin MozaffariRunner-up