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Pariah (2011)

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A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Director:

Dee Rees

Writer:

Dee Rees
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adepero Oduye ... Alike
Pernell Walker ... Laura
Aasha Davis ... Bina
Charles Parnell ... Arthur
Sahra Mellesse ... Sharonda
Kim Wayans ... Audrey
Shamika Cotton ... Candace
Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Mack (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Afton Williamson ... Mika
Zabryna Guevara ... Mrs. Alvarado
Kim Sykes ... Mrs. Singletary
Rob Morgan ... Sock
Nina Daniels ... Gina (a.k.a. Butch Woman)
Jeremie Harris ... Bina's Boyfriend
Chanté Lewis Chanté Lewis ... Fast Girl #1
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Storyline

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

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Taglines:

Who do you become when you can't be yourself?

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parias See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,579, 1 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$758,099, 11 March 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alike: Heartbreak opens onto the sunrise for even breaking is opening and I am broken, I am open. Broken into the new life without pushing in, open to the possibilities within, pushing out. See the love shine in through my cracks? See the light shine out through me? I am broken, I am open, I am broken open. See the love light shining through me, shining through my cracks, through the gaps. My spirit takes journey, my spirit takes flight, could not have risen otherwise and I am not running, I am ...
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Connections

Remake of Pariah (2007) See more »

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Doin My Thing
Written, arranged and performed by Sparlha Swa
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Beautiful and Evocative...a MUST-SEE!!!!
5 January 2012 | by savstar2787See all my reviews

My stepmother and I went to a free screening of this movie at the Angelika Theater. I didn't know what to expect except that I knew the girl was a lesbian.

This flick features TRULY gifted and believable actors...from the main character, Alike, and her pains and trials, to her young sister in high school and the parents...OMGSH, the parents...and her friend Laura was incredible too. The characters are juicy and rounded; you find yourself truly interested in the people they're portraying to be, and in how they feel. It's almost like you come to know them.

Here, folks, is what to expect from the movie Pariah: this is an emotional film. It's got a lot of humor and heart, and it's got sadness and pain, too. We all remember growing up and trying to find out who we are and what we are attracted to; Pariah will remind you of what that felt like. You will emote as they do and be drawn in to the story right out of the box.

Trust me...this is a movie you do NOT want to miss. Two thumbs WAY UP! :)


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