A stylish wisp of a girl who adored punky "scene kid" fashion, Kiki began filling her My Space page with pouty photos of herself in heavy makeup and cropped tops, adopting a persona as brash and outrageous as the real Kirsten was awkward and insecure.She named her creation "Kiki Kannibal," and her new and improved online self swiftly became an Internet celebrity.
A year earlier, Kirsten "Kiki" Ostrenga was just another tween nobody living her so-called life in Coral Springs, Florida.
Then she got a My Space account, and everything changed.
Seated at a cafe near her current home outside Orlando — she prefers I don't reveal the precise location — she's stick-thin in a black minidress, a heavy quartz-skull necklace and a skull ring; despite her tough-girl accessories, she comes across as tentative and frail, hugging her studded purse for comfort.
"I never thought I would run into these types of people," she says.
Kudos to Manuel Martín Cuenca for playing every note perfectly and brilliant casting.
And kudos too to Cameron Bailey for putting this in his must see list for TIFF 2013.
"But on the Internet, you're exposed to people that will do anything."Fame wasn't Kiki's intention when she first logged on in 2006.
She was just a lonely 13-year-old whose days at Sawgrass Springs Middle School had become a bullying hell.
A hard-working single mother and wife of a getaway driver who is about to be released is approached by an unassuming and gentle man, completely unaware though of his inscrutable and utterly impelling motives. He also does the majority of his acting without speaking - something one doesn't see a ton of in North American films, and for this I am grateful to the director and writer.
Olimpia Melinte is also very good and understated in her performance, standing up just fine to Carlos as she turns his world upside down.
Despite that morning's shock, she had to run: She was late for the first of two appointments, which summed up her life.