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Marfa Girl (2012)

Unrated | | Drama | 17 December 2014 (Australia)
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A story centered on a directionless 16-year-old living in Marfa, Texas and his relationships with his girlfriend, his neighbor, his teacher, a newly arrived local artist, and a local Border Patrol officer.

Director:

Larry Clark

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Larry Clark
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Mediano ... Adam
Drake Burnette ... Marfa Girl
Jeremy St. James ... Tom
Mary Farley ... Mary
Mercedes Maxwell ... Inez
Indigo Rael Indigo Rael ... Donna
Tina Rodriguez ... Tina (as Tina Thérèse)
Jessie Tejada ... Jessie
Richard Covurrubias Richard Covurrubias ... Chachi
Erik Quintana Erik Quintana ... Erik
Lindsay Jones Lindsay Jones ... Miss Jones
Ulysses Lopez ... Ulysses
Jimmy Gonzales ... Oscar
Elizabeth Castro ... Angie
Nathan Stevens Nathan Stevens ... Ty
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Storyline

The story of Adam, a directionless 16-year-old teenager living in the working class town of Marfa, Texas, and his sexual relationships with his teenage beanpole girlfriend Inez, twenty-something neighbor, Donna who's got a child and a b.f. in jail and casually decides to have sex with Adam in lieu of a birthday present, an aggressive local artist, and his pregnant high school teacher,Miss Jones while an unhinged, misogynistic border patrol agent, Tomek watches over the neighborhood. Though apparently a bright kid, he's not really into school, and when he falls asleep during a rather approximate account of the French Revolution, his pregnant teacher, with a circa-1984 Madonna crucifix earring, feels the need to give the boy a "birthday spanking." What ensues is a web of sex, drugs, and violence as the Latino skater punks adjust to their gritty, aimless life in the dead end town. Written by Rotten T.

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Drama

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Larry Clark released the film on his website as he was tired of dealing with distributors. See more »

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Tina: I've always been a singer my entire life, but in my work I just intuitively started using sound in order to help someone move blocked energy in their body but using sound to move it through.
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Followed by Marfa Girl 2 (2018) See more »

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Had potential, but squanders it
8 August 2015 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Had potential, but squanders it.

A movie set in a small Texas town, near the border with Mexico. Follows a few characters in their dull, everyday lives, and how they are all affected by the presence of the Border Patrol.

The movie had heaps of potential, especially with regard to the issue of illegal immigration in the US. How this affects race relations, especially with Hispanic people, was also a great possibility.

However, while it touches on these issues, there is no real, or at least thoughtful, examination. The movie might as well have been set in the middle of the US in an all-white community it was so superficial.

The setting is really just a vehicle for a random, pointless plot (and I use the word "plot" very broadly here). The conclusion is quite impactful, but it almost doesn't have a context, what goes before is so unfocused.

Many of the scenes are there just for shock value, but you expect nothing less from writer-director Larry Clark (director of Kids, Bully and Ken Park).

Dialogue often consists of long monologues, telling some tale of personal woe but with no real context, interspersed with simplistic, pop, cereal-box philosophy. It often feels like you're watching someone being interviewed for a documentary, especially when that someone doesn't really want to be there.

Throw in performances that vary from OK to utter rubbish and you have an incredibly poor movie. Some of the performances are among the worst I have ever seen in a movie (and I've seen some of Kristen Stewart's movies...). Lindsay Jones as the teacher is mind-bogglingly bad.

Avoid.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Marfa Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Marfa, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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