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Release Date:
6 May 2010 (Germany) See more »
On a summer break from college, a young epileptic woman struggles to balance her feelings for her fledgling boyfriend while her friend Al crashes with her for the season. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Zoe Kazan ... Ivy

Mark Rendall ... Al
Maryann Urbano ... Mom
Hunter Canning ... Cary
Margot Ruth Tenenbaum ... Cousin
Genevieve T. Eisner ... Baby
Nichael Alexander Eisner ... Cousin's Husband
Caseyarnoux Charlot ... Doctor
Franklin Pipp ... Greg
Kay Goldberg ... Jennifer
Buddy Love ... Three-Legged Dog
Caroline Elaine ... Dog Owner
Steve Arriaga ... Dance Student (as Steve Arriaga)
Belinda Atchinson ... Dance Student
Jordan Scovel ... Dance Student (as Jordan Boughrum)
Krista Carter ... Dance Student
Kayla De Pena ... Dance Student
Charlie Dibe ... Dance Student
Lamiah James ... Dance Student
Martin Koddenberg ... Dance Student
Angel Luis Polanco ... Dance Student
Jose Luis Polanco ... Dance Student
Jayla Moore ... Dance Student
J. Reed ... Dance Student
Ciara Womack ... Dance Student
Miranda Xu ... Dance Student
Elizabeth Cohen ... Party Person
Domenique Collins ... Party Person
Thomas A. Cronin ... Party Person
Sonia Davis ... Party Person
Cordelia Eddy ... Party Person
Kieran Gannon ... Party Person
Remi Gurak ... Party Person
Hayley Hunt ... Party Person
Noah Klein ... Party Person
Guillaume Levesque ... Party Person
Craig Murphy ... Party Person
Ariel Poland ... Party Person
Ken Shadford ... Party Person
Robert Spataro ... Party Person
Savino Sguera ... Party Person

Directed by
Bradley Rust Gray 
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Produced by
Billfield Cheng .... executive producer (as Billfield Cheing)
Karin Chien .... producer
Jason Diamond .... executive producer
Josh Diamond .... executive producer
Bradley Rust Gray .... producer
Ben Howe .... producer
So Yong Kim .... producer (as So-yong Kim)
Lars Knudsen .... executive producer
Jay Van Hoy .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Eric Lin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bradley Rust Gray 
So Yong Kim  (as So-yong Kim)
Casting by
Susan Shopmaker 
Production Management
David Hou .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
So Yong Kim .... assistant director (as So-yong Kim)
Art Department
Ryan Mitchel .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Bradley Rust Gray .... sound designer: trailer
Michael Sterkin .... sound recordist
Ian Stynes .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Che Broadnax .... second assistant camera
Kevin Lee .... grip
Eric Lin .... gaffer
Marc-Eric Nielsen .... first assistant camera
Douglas Seok .... key grip
Rob Smith .... grip
Casting Department
Randi Glass .... casting associate
Jennifer Venditti .... additional casting: UK
Editorial Department
Jason Diamond .... 4k workflow
Josh Diamond .... 4k workflow
Dan Divine .... colorist
Dane Wiedmann .... post-production assistant
Other crew
Mike Alicea .... pigeon trainer
Krista Carter .... production assistant
Hannah Davies .... housing provider
Sonya Davis .... production assistant
Melanie Glass .... child care
Hayley Hunt .... assistant to director
Darren Lew .... representative: Technological Cinevideo Services
Ariel Poland .... production assistant
Lana Ruzic .... child care
Miranda Xu .... production assistant
Mynette Louie .... special thanks

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Germany:79 min (Berlin International Film Festival)

Did You Know?

The title of the film is a play on a song (The Exploding Boy) which was on the b-side of the single "In Between Days" by The Cure. "In Between Days" had been used by the director and his wife as a title to a previous movie and so they decided to adapt "The Exploding Boy" to The Exploding Girl for the purpose of this film (as explained by the director himself on 14th Nov 2009 at the 50th International Film Festival of Thessaloníki, Greece).See more »
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10 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Slow-moving character study of little importance, 17 October 2010
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

The title "The Exploding Girl" is figurative not literal. I would add "of course" but that's not as obvious given movies nowadays. This is a low-budget, independent character study.

It's about Ivy on college break, back home in New York City. Ivy struggles with love and friendship. And the film-maker shows us this with really slow-moving, seemingly unimportant scenes mired in the noisy streets of New York City. I know the city is basically supposed to be its own character, but the loud, constant bus and car noises and obstruction just lowered the quality of the film.

Zoe Kazan's Ivy is very cute and likable, but even with her epilepsy, her college problems seem minor compared to the stress that other college girls experience. Her boyfriend back at college was painted one-dimensionally. And although I didn't mind Al, the reason given for him moving in with Ivy was very odd and never explained.

It's called a "discreet character study". I will agree with that in the sense that meaning was hard to find, dialogue was indiscernible and silent at times, and reasons for few things happening was kept private from the audience. The brilliance displayed in the poster is only found once in the film, and is not enough to watch it. "The Exploding Girl" is only for the very discerning film viewer who likes slow-moving character studies of little importance.

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