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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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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 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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 (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)

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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 »
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References A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)See more »


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37 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
Not much to like., 1 March 2010
Author: lor_ from New York, New York

I don't like "movies" shot on video, and this one is no exception. Its semi-improvised dialog was also a barrier to appreciation, as well as the fledgling director's pretentious approach to photography.

Except for interiors, nearly all the barely-edited shots are long shots using very shallow focus - a technique I thought went out in the '60s. The cast's conversations are shot as if using a hidden camera (the hi-def RED camera is used here), from across the street with intervening cars or pedestrians frequently blocking the principals from our view. Add to that protagonist Mark Rendall's speech impediment (I counted him stating the word "like" 25 times in less than a minute) and you have distancing of the viewer taken to the extreme.

Our heroine played OK enough by Zoe Kazan (she won a dubious Best Actress award from the lowliest of film festivals, the must-miss Tribeca event, which doesn't even take place in Tribeca anymore) remains a blank. She's an epileptic and sure enough, has too many beers, causing a seizure late in the film, but I didn't find that potential disability handled with any insight or relevance to the surrounding film. The story's emphasis on her also was a drag; it reminded me of that Golden Age of porno (now several decades back) when one sometimes experienced a horrific moment, usually during the second or third reel, of realization: "We're going to be stuck looking at this solitary girl for the whole movie!".

Mercifully short, about 75 minutes after removing the slow-slow padding of the end credits, the feature had only two good scenes: one rooftop checking out the pet pigeons that starts as a too-obvious homage to Zoe's grandpa Elia Kazan (classic Saint/Brando scene from ON THE WATERFRONT) and ends up improbably as a Werner Herzog homage, capturing the strange abstract patterns created by flocks of birds in formation that was the signature image of Werner's 2004 film THE WHITE DIAMOND. The other scene I enjoyed was a simple finale ring shot of the hero & heroine asleep in the backseat of a car, unconsciously clasping their hands together.

Low points were a "gee whiz" visit to a SoHo building supposedly once the site of Nikola Tesla's shop -like so many Manhattan non-landmarks it looks like nothing now; and the endless use of cell phones, one of which permitted an entire performance (Zoe's heel of a boyfriend Greg) to be literally phoned in. I am also nominating THE EXPLODING GIRL as the feature film with the lowest costume budget in recent history: it looks like they spent about $3.95 for the heroine's and hero's rumpled, slept-in crappy outfits; ditto ALL the extras (who obviously wore theirs from home).

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