One petty crime spirals into the next.

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Sonejuhi Sinha
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Credited cast:
Cynthia Nixon ... Una
Olivia DeJonge ... Dallas
Robert Aramayo ... Jimmy
Shiloh Verrico ... Kid #1
Samrat Chakrabarti ... Sal
Geetanjali Thapa ... Riz
Rosemary Howard ... Doreen
Alberto Bonilla ... Angel
Jeff Musillo ... Motel Guest - Cross Dresser
Yvette Lashawn Williams ... Peaches (as Yvette Williams)
John Schiappa ... Floyd
Kelvin McGrue ... Mikey
Puy Navarro ... Sandy
Alyssa Maria App ... Kid 2
Todd Birmingham ... Bunny Man
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Riz, a recent immigrant and ex-gang member, works at a motel in hopes of starting her life over in America. At the motel, Riz meets Una (Cynthia Nixon), the formidable owner, and her drug-selling son Jimmy. Rooming with another motel maid Dallas, who is a bold, assertive runaway, blackmails Riz triggering a series of violent events that entwine Riz, Dallas, and Jimmy. In a last-ditch effort, a desperate Riz and Dallas create a plan to rob Una to escape from the motel and the web of crime they've created. Written by AnonymusB

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Crime | Thriller

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11 April 2020 | by Top_Dawg_CriticSee all my reviews

Never mind the 'unnecessary' phony high reviews and lame smh "you can tell this movie is bad just by the cover photo" low ones. As a critic with over 900 reviews and 1000 ratings (click my username), I will explain why this film is a gem and undeserving of the current 5.4 IMDb rating. I was going to pass on this one because of the low rating, but after seeing the trailer, and reading praise from 'professional' critics from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter, I gave it a viewing. Wow is all I can say.

For starters, it's no big budget Hollywood blockbuster with A-list actors put together by seasoned filmmakers - you can't compare this film that way. Instead, it's a low budget indie film by newb up-and-coming filmmakers. Writer, director and producer Sonejuhi Sinha makes her first full-length feature film debut with Stray Dolls, previous experience being only three short films. Her writing, alongside novice producer and writer Charlotte Rabate - who also makes her full-length feature film debut with this film, came up with a gritty crime thriller story that primarily takes place in a seedy motel. Although the narrative never really explodes, this crime thriller story is still gritty, suspenseful, emotionally driven and with an unexpected natural tone and profound sense of realism. I'm not a fan of slow paced films, but when each scene is relevant to the story, and isn't long and dragged out, time flies as you're constantly engulfed in the plot. The 97 min run-time was perfect. The directing was spot on with excellent cinematography especially with the color tones in the night-time environment. The seedy motel sets were on point in setting the stage for America's frayed social fabric chasing the American dream. The casting was decent with convincing performances from DeJonge and Thapa as disenfranchised young women determined to seize control of their lives on their own terms. For a B-grade film, the score was surprisingly very fitting, appropriate at the right scenes, and mended well with the well-chosen soundtracks.

Mad respect and props to Sonejuhi Sinha and her entire cast and production team in putting together such a gem. Sinha is certainly one to watch as an up-and-coming filmmaker. It's a well deserved and honest 9/10 from me.


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10 April 2020 (USA) See more »

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