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Stop the Pounding Heart (2013)

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Sara, a girl being home-schooled on a goat farm alongside her 11 siblings, finds her devout values challenged after she meets Colby, an amateur bull rider.

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Sara
Colby Trichell ...
Colby
Tim Carlson ...
Tim
LeeAnne Carlson ...
LeeAnn
Katarina Carlson ...
Katarina
Christin Carlson ...
Christin
Grace Carlson ...
Grace
Linnea Carlson ...
Linnea
Emma Carlson ...
Emma
Timothy Carlson ...
Timothy
Liberty Carlson ...
Liberty
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Noah
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Judah
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Seth
Dixie Carlson ...
Dixie
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Sara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents homeschool their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known. In a stunning portrayal of contemporary America and the insular communities that dot its landscape, Stop the Pounding Heart is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South. Written by Doc & Film International

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A Pastoral
14 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Roberto Minervini is an Italian director who elected to share this sensitive coming of age story about 14 year old girl in a family of goat farmers in Texas. Without the benefits of a cast of actors he manages to create not a documentary but instead a quiet observation of what life is like in the rural parts of a too fast world – a place where values are different if not always better.

Sara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents home-school their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known. STOP THE POUNDING HEART is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South. With minimal dialogue, amateur non-actors, and majestically beautiful cinematography this is a film that is a pastoral. It deserves our attention.


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