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The Exploding Girl (2009)

Unrated | | Drama | 6 May 2010 (Germany)
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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.


Bradley Rust Gray
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Kazan ... Ivy
Mark Rendall ... Al
Maryann Urbano Maryann Urbano ... Mom
Hunter Canning Hunter Canning ... Cary
Margot Ruth Tenenbaum Margot Ruth Tenenbaum ... Cousin
Genevieve T. Eisner Genevieve T. Eisner ... Baby
Nichael Alexander Eisner Nichael Alexander Eisner ... Cousin's Husband (as Michael Alexander Eisner)
Caseyarnoux Charlot Caseyarnoux Charlot ... Doctor
Franklin Pipp Franklin Pipp ... Greg
Kay Goldberg Kay Goldberg ... Jennifer
Buddy Love Buddy Love ... Three-Legged Dog
Caroline Elaine Caroline Elaine ... Dog Owner
Steve Arriaga Steve Arriaga ... Dance Student (as Steve Arriaga)
Belinda Atchinson Belinda Atchinson ... Dance Student
Jordan Scovel ... Dance Student (as Jordan Boughrum)


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.

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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 »


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


Hvernig á að særa vini sína
Performed by Andhéri
Written by Örvar Smárason & Gunnar Örn Tynes
Courtesy of the Andhéri
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sweet and heartfelt
27 March 2010 | by mzimmermann13See all my reviews

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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Release Date:

6 May 2010 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La chica explosiva See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$40,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,910, 14 March 2010

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