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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
5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Estranha Amizade See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,662, 11 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,910, 17 February 2013
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Besedka Johnson passed away shortly after the release of this movie. She died on April 4, 2013, due to a post-surgical bacterial infection. She was 87. 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 »

Quotes

Sadie: [Sipping what looks like a lovely frappé outside Java Central coffee shop] I really prefer my own brand.
Jane: That dry s**t you shove into hot water?
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References Funny Face (1957) See more »

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Do Dat
Written by Lomerrill Jones and Erick Sermon
Performed by Lomerrill Jones p/k/a Tone Kopome and Erick Sermon
Produced by Erick Sermon copyright 2012 Lomerrill Jones
Courtesy of Def Squad, New Beat Entertainment
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Not to be missed
22 August 2012 | by mobunitSee all my reviews

STARLET is a bold and original independent film. It's not afraid to go places most indies would shy away from, mostly due to not landing a distribution deal etc. That is just one of the many reasons why STARLET has true independent spirit.

I saw STARLET at SXSW earlier this year and it was the most exciting narrative to come out of the fest. Sean Baker is a fearless filmmaker that has already established himself with a diverse body of work. He's one I'll be watching for a longtime to come.

And of course this short review/praise would be incomplete without mentioning the breakthrough performance by Dree Hemingway. You could tell she had complete faith in Baker and it showed in her performance. It's a risky role that she seemed to handle gracefully.

STARLET is a film that challenges it's viewers. It challenges our prejudices and preconceived notions, but it does so with a heart.

Honorable mention: The brilliant, and almost effortless, performance by the dog, "Starlet".


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