After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak.
In the book Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino is forced into the worst year of her life. Her best friend, Rachel Bruin, has turned against her with all other of Melinda's fellow students looking away; not daring to take a single glance at Melinda. All because of one stupid end-of-summer party.Written by
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Oh, my God! Why didn't you tell me?
It's just... when the police came, everyone just started freaking out. I got scared. I walked home. After that night, I couldn't tell anyone.
Did you get pregnant? Did you get AIDS? Are you okay?
Yeah. I mean, no. I didn't get pregnant. I'm fine.
Was it someone from this school? Who was it? Melinda, tell me!
It was Andy Evans.
What? I can't believe you. Liar! You're jealous! I'm popular and I'm going to prom and you're telling me this. That's ...
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Because of You
Written & Performed by Starving Goliath
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Kristen Stewart proves herself to be our next great actress
More than anything, watch SPEAK for Kristen Stewart's raw, honest, beautiful performance. This young actress can convey more with one look than most veterans can with an entire monologue. She reminds me of a young Mary Louise Parker. And as a director, she shot up on my wish list of people I'd one day like to work with!
Aside from Stewart, the film is very well directed, tightly scripted...Steve Zahn is quite good as the art teacher with the heart of gold...
And I love the score, which owes a lot to Neutral Milk Hotel.
But really it's all about Stewart. There isn't one beat of her performance which does not ring true.
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