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Stop The Pounding Heart (2013)

Stop the Pounding Heart (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 5 December 2013 (Italy)
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Sara, a girl being home-schooled on a goat farm alongside her 11 siblings, finds her devout values challenged after she meets Colby, an amateur bull rider.


Roberto Minervini


Roberto Minervini (story), Diego Romero (story) (as Diego Romero Suárez-Llanos) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sara Carlson ... Sara
Colby Trichell Colby Trichell ... Colby
Tim Carlson Tim Carlson ... Tim
LeeAnne Carlson LeeAnne Carlson ... LeeAnn
Katarina Carlson Katarina Carlson ... Katarina
Christin Carlson Christin Carlson ... Christin
Grace Carlson Grace Carlson ... Grace
Linnea Carlson Linnea Carlson ... Linnea
Emma Carlson Emma Carlson ... Emma
Timothy Carlson Timothy Carlson ... Timothy
Liberty Carlson Liberty Carlson ... Liberty
Noah Carlson Noah Carlson ... Noah
Judah Carlson Judah Carlson ... Judah
Seth Carlson Seth Carlson ... Seth
Dixie Carlson Dixie Carlson ... Dixie


Sara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents homeschool their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known. In a stunning portrayal of contemporary America and the insular communities that dot its landscape, Stop the Pounding Heart is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South. Written by Doc & Film International

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Painfully Slow With Fleetingly Obtuse Plot
9 August 2014 | by elbowelbeinSee all my reviews

This slice-of-life film is 96 painful minutes of pointlessness focused on sad and tragic people trapped in poverty and squalor. The filmmaker spent 2 months filming these life slices, which he then re-assembled to create what appears to be the observation of a teenage identity crisis. Set in east Texas, the film is a modified documentary-style with very limited dialogue, moving the limited story-line forward through pensive looks, forest walks, feeding and milking goats, and bull riding. The main family is shown repeatedly reading or justifying their lifestyle through their bible interpretations. These scenes are interspersed gun shooting, and with young men covered with tattoos who ride mechanical, and then real, bulls. Through all of these scenes, you suppose that, perhaps, there's a love interest developing. You have a lot of time to think/anticipate what the movie is about since there's so little of consequence happening on screen. Skip this movie and do something more stimulating, like watching moss grow.

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5 December 2013 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Waller, Texas, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,363, 21 September 2014

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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