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Generally regarded as a master of snark, Kristen Bell made it very clear she's capable of much beyond that at the Sundance Film Festival this year, portraying  a crumbling, depressive 29-year-old in Liz W. Garcia's affecting "The Lifeguard." The film -- screening in U.S. Dramatic Competition at the festival -- sees Bell's character Leigh quitting her job as a New York City reporter and moving back to her parents' house in Connecticut. She reunites with her high school best friends (Martin Starr and Mamie Gummer) and romances a similarly melancholic 16-year-old boy (David Lambert).  It doesn't hold back when they inevitably start having sex: A scene set in the changeroom of the pool definitely stands out as one of Sundance's sexiest. A very pregnant Bell sat down with Indiewire a few days after the film premiered, discussing said sex scene, the challenges of taking on a very dramatic role and, »

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