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Starlet (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 May 2013 (Germany)
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An unlikely friendship forms between twenty-one-year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie's yard sale.

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Sean Baker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dree Hemingway ... Jane
Boonee Boonee ... Starlet
Stella Maeve ... Melissa
Sheri Vecchio Sheri Vecchio ... Yard Sale People
Robert Malmuth Robert Malmuth ... Yard Sale People
Justin Boyd Justin Boyd ... Yard Sale People
Tracy Correll Tracy Correll ... Yard Sale People
Leo Garcia Leo Garcia ... Yard Sale People
Hayat Jubrail Hayat Jubrail ... Yard Sale People
Besedka Johnson Besedka Johnson ... Sadie
Jimena Alegre Jimena Alegre ... Yard Sale People
Romina Gilmore Romina Gilmore ... Yard Sale People
Peter Rutledge Peter Rutledge ... Yard Sale People
James Ransone ... Mikey
Zoe Voss ... Waiting Room Girl
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STARLET explores the unlikely cross-generational friendship between 21 year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway), and the elderly Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane, an aspiring actress, spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, Melissa and Mikey (Stella Maeve and James Ransone), while caring for her Chihuahua, Starlet. Sadie, a widow, passes her days alone, tending to her flower garden. After a confrontation between the women at Sadie's yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie's past. Jane attempts to befriend the caustic older woman in an effort to solve her dilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows. Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films, the award-winning and Spirit Award nominees PRINCE OF BROADWAY and TAKE OUT, capturing the rhythms of everyday life with an authenticity rarely seen in cinema. Featuring a pair of ... Written by anonymous

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Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2013 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,662, 11 November 2012

Gross USA:

$88,212

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,222
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2.35 : 1
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The graphic sex scenes were filmed with porn star Zoe Voss, who acted as a double for Dree Hemingway. See more »

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Throughout the film, Jane's green car changes back and forth from a Ford Probe to a Saturn. See more »

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Asa Akira: What's worse than getting banged by Jack the Ripper? Getting fingered by Captain Hook.
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Great character study of two very different women
12 May 2013 | by Boris_DaySee all my reviews

Starlet is a character study very much in the spirit of films from the 70s. I think the director was influenced by the likes of Hal Ashby and Paul Mazursky.

A young, slightly aimless woman who has just moved San Fernando Valley, buys a vintage thermos flask at a yard sale from a cranky old lady and discovers $10.000 inside. After making a half-hearted attempt to give it back, she keeps the money, but then feels guilty and tries to befriend the old woman, who remains guarded to the point of hostility at the prospect of having her life disrupted.

The film doesn't ever resort to cosy indie movie clichés about the old passing on their wisdom the the young and life lessons being learned. It also doesn't exploit the young woman's line of business for cheap melodrama, as lesser films would. Both lead performances are wonderful and a cute dog always helps.

The film looks and sounds gorgeous and the director has a knack for what to show us and what to leave out. It's another good case for digital film-making. Talented independent film makers can now make great looking films for peanuts, which is just as well considering Hollywood has almost completely given up on making films for adults.

BTW. the trailer makes this look like another anodyne "heart warming" indie, full of laughter and whimsy, when really it's a much more melancholy, ambivalent and subtle film.


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