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The Exploding Girl -- On a summer break from college, Ivy (Kazan), a young epileptic woman, struggles to balance her feelings for her fledgling boyfriend while her friend Al crashes with her for the season.

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Bradley Rust Gray (written by)
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Release Date:
6 May 2010 (Germany) See more »
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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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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Sincere and quietly beautiful See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (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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Bradley Rust Gray  written by

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
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 
 
Casting by
Susan Shopmaker 
 
Production Management
David Hou .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
So-yong Kim .... assistant director
 
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
 
Thanks
Mynette Louie .... special thanks
 

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Germany:79 min (Berlin International Film Festival)
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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 »
Movie Connections:
References Zoo (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
If You've Got a Nobody's NotionSee more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Sincere and quietly beautiful, 30 May 2011
Author: bluemoon-551-730881 from United States

Zoe Kazan's performance in The Exploding Girl was nuanced and heartfelt, but unfortunately diluted by her extensive screen time. The film spent ENTIRELY too much time lingering on Ivy staring contemplatively into the distance (an indulgence that plagues many indie films). For me, this was the only major flaw, and I felt that the movie overcame it. The cinematography was otherwise really beautiful, looking at the world in ways we don't usually think to look at it. The characters were real people, if not fully developed. They provided an honest look into the lives of modern young adults, whose relationships are sustained but also often trivialized by technology, like Ivy's ever-present cell phone.

This film is subtle, sincere and complex, and I'd recommend it if you're willing to sit through slow-moving scenes and lengthy shots of self-consciously thoughtful Ivy. If nothing else, the last minute of the film is a miraculous moment that absolves all its prior sins.

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