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Only the Young (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy, Romance | 2 May 2012 (USA)
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A documentary on three teenagers living in a small desert town in Southern California.
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Garrison Saenz ... Himself
Kevin Conway ... Himself
Skye Elmore ... Herself
Samantha MacDonald ... Herself
Kristen Cheriegate ... Herself
Shannon Hudson ... Himself
Robin Levy ... Himself
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In a small desert town just beyond the shadow of magic mountain, children are the gods of foreclosed homes and underpasses. Three teenagers find things to do in a place that offers nothing. They discover first love, friendship and avoid the realities of becoming an adult. Written by Anonymous

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Children are the gods of this city.


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$1,446, 9 December 2012, Limited Release

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$7,138, 6 January 2013
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Elmore, Skye: Everything that goes into your life never comes out,
Elmore, Skye: Just like me.
Saenz, Garrison: Like a stain.
Elmore, Skye: And no Tide can get rid of it.
Elmore, Skye: I got involved in being your friend,
Elmore, Skye: and now I'm stuck in your black hole, and you couldn't get rid of me if you tried.
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Written by Martina McBride
Performed by Saugas Highschool Show Choir
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Remembering Aimless Saturdays
18 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

A gorgeous doc full of real-life silences and texture. The other reviewers here missed the point of this thing... It's got no story to tell, and there should be no anticipation of story (or "point") just as there should be little hope for a plot from a short poem with the name of a flower for a title.

The lack of direction, and therefore pointless nature of the conversations and situations is the focus here. Where do parties lead? Nowhere. Usually to an empty, lonely feeling once the tumult passes. Where do young romances lead? Nowhere, but usually to an empty, lonely feeling once the tumult passes.

These are real kids. I'm 41, own a house and have kids, but I recall these ambling afternoons with clarity, the days when it seems like a car might really change your life and who your friend just kissed presents possible calamity.

Hitchcock said "Drama is life with the dull bits cut out." This doc set out to put those dull bits in amber for these kids, in a mostly objective manner, therefore speaking to a much wider net about these weird, quietly raging times, completely forgotten by people who are now more interested in 401Ks and their new petty issues.

My only real problem with the film is that it's too gorgeous to be immediate (I thought several times, "How'd they capture this without having staged the shot?" ...and one or two edits sniff of manipulation).


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