- January 18-19, 23Dir. Sean Baker, USA, 2012, 103 min., NR, HDOfficial WebsiteJanuary 18-19, 23
STARLET explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old aspiring porn actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson) after their worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films, the Spirit Award nominated PRINCE OF BROADWAY and TAKE OUT, capturing the rhythms of everyday life with a rare authenticity. Featuring exceptional debut performances by Dree Hemingway (great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel) and 85-year-old Besedka Johnson, who received a Special Jury Recognition at SXSW, STARLET is provocative, haunting, unpredictable, and surprisingly sweet.
Critic’s Pick! “A thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie about love and a moral awakening." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times
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