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Not Waving But Drowning (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 June 2012 (France)
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Leaving small-town life in her dust, Adele moves wide-eyed to New York City, and her best friend Sara is stuck in their boring hometown. Separate for the first time in their lives, the film... See full summary »

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Devyn Waitt

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Devyn Waitt
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Credited cast:
Vanessa Ray ... Adele
Megan Guinan Megan Guinan ... Sara
Lynn Cohen ... Sylvia
Scott Bryce ... Damon
Adam Driver ... Adam
Isabelle McNally ... Kim
Lili Reinhart ... Amy
Ryan Munzert Ryan Munzert ... Big Guy
Keith Pratt Keith Pratt ... Keith
Elizabeth Fendrick ... Maggie
Ross Francis Ross Francis
Trinity Rose Smith Trinity Rose Smith ... Lila
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carly J. Bales Carly J. Bales ... Candy Striper
Ford Barsi Ford Barsi ... Handsome Boy 2
Donavin Best Donavin Best ... Middle Aged Subway
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Leaving small-town life in her dust, Adele moves wide-eyed to New York City, and her best friend Sara is stuck in their boring hometown. Separate for the first time in their lives, the film charts their new relationships, while beautiful background music sequences capture fleeting emotions as their lives move in unexpected directions. "Not Waving But Drowning" opens with the short film, "The Most Girl Part of You." Written by N. Emanuele

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Drama

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Not Rated

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The title of the film is based on the poem by Stevie Smith "Not Waving But Drowning." See more »

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Everynight Fireworks
By John Ross
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Love this Film!
7 June 2013 | by dbaer-697-200866See all my reviews

Regardless of your generation or gender, there's much to appreciate in this film about two young women moving from their adolescent lives into the wider world.

"Not Waving But Drowning" is the story of Adele, who leaves for New York City, and best friend Sara, who stays behind in their Florida hometown. It could be the stuff of well-trod cliché, but it is not. There are surprising twists and discoveries in their separate journeys as they try to retain their yin/yang friendship. Megan Guinan is wonderful as a multifaceted Sara who seems stuck in place, but might not really be so stuck. And the scene when Adele arrives in the big city is poignant, yet also very funny. Adam Driver is marvelous as the seemingly dorky, yet touchingly honest, new friend of Adele.

There are so many beautiful cinematic scenes: one involves a horse on a train; another involves Sara moving through a field of dandelion puffs that is lovely by itself, and the subsequent scene that reveals why she is gathering them is heartfelt and glorious. The characters develop through multiple experiences that are sometimes uncomfortable or worse. Yet, overall there's so much energy, humor, and truth that the film feels very balanced. The editing and music are dynamic and keep the viewer highly engaged.

The producer and director intrigue us with their short intro film, "The Most Girl Part of Me." It is not directly connected to "Not Waving," but is tied thematically and is a creative addition.


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