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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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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 (as Michael Alexander Eisner)
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 
Writing credits
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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 .... 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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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
sweet and heartfelt, 27 March 2010
Author: mzimmermann13 from Brooklyn, United States

I am always grateful to see films like "The Exploding Girl" that rely on an economy of cinematic technique to tell a story that is about very human topics in way that makes the viewer engage. It is eminently visual, as a move should be. Listening to the audio track would leave you with nothing grasp. The lack of explication only intensified the sense of youthful tragedy for things that go unsaid and opportunities missed. There's always a problem for some people about small, personal films like this one: they aren't big, flashy or hair-raising. What this film zeroed in on is the pain and uncertainty of youth, and especially of young love. To that end, it was poignant and dead on.

The only real problem I have to make about this film is that the filmmakers got too carried away with street-level camera shots that were willing to allow anything and anybody that intervened between the actors to stay in the shot, which resulted in a couple of overlong shots of blurred-out passersby or their body parts to obscure the characters. Okay, I get it that Ivy was just one more passenger on the train; but the indeterminate dark mass of fellow passenger blocking the shot for 15 or 20 seconds was just plain clunky.

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