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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jane
Boonee ... Starlet
... Melissa
Sheri Vecchio ... Yard Sale People
Robert Malmuth ... Yard Sale People
Justin Boyd ... Yard Sale People
Tracy Correll ... Yard Sale People
Leo Garcia ... Yard Sale People
Hayat Jubrail ... Yard Sale People
Besedka Johnson ... Sadie
Jimena Alegre ... Yard Sale People
Romina Gilmore ... Yard Sale People
Peter Rutledge ... Yard Sale People
... Mikey
... 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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Also Known As:

Uma Estranha Amizade  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,662, 11 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,910, 17 February 2013
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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 »

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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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Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

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Written by Dave Forese, Ian Bunn and Bryan Cassidy
Produced and Published by Ian Bunn and Dave Forese
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Good.
27 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

A good movie about a young, energetic, friendly woman who, as a result of various circumstances, befriends a lovely, somewhat grumpy old lady. Not very original, as you've probably already surmised, there have been tons of movies, and TV shows covering the same relationship dynamic, and quite possibly the same basic outline. Some of those good, others bad, still others horribly bad and cliché, this however is 1 of the good 1s. The acting, directing and story-line were all good, resulting in a mellow, slow paced film with tiny peeks of highs and lows.

It's shot in suburban L.A. and has a distinct L.A. feel to it, at least it did to me, in the neighborhoods, the mountainous backdrops and perhaps too in the characters. I suppose that might not be really important, but I like to get engrossed in he cities and countries I see in movies.

The 1 bad thing I'd have to say about this movie though would be the ending, it seemed really abrupt, I assume the director/writer wanted us to mull over the last scene as we finished he movie but really it just left you wanting to see that scene/conversation played out and wanting the words that were implied to actually be spoken.

Overall a good movie, not great but good.


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