Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Exploding Girl (2009)

DIrector: Bradley Rust Gray

Writer: Bradley Rust Gray

Composer: ???

Starring: Zoe Kazan, Mark Rendall, Maryann Urbano, Hunter Canning, Margot Ruth Tenenbaum, Gevevieve T. Eisner, Caseyarnoux Charlot

More info: IMDb

Plot: On a summer break from college, a young epileptic woman struggles to balance her feelings for her fledgling boyfriend while her friend Al crashes with her for the season.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Not much happens in this slow, leisurely paced, quiet film and that works in its favor.  I suppose if I could identify with Ivy (Kazan, granddaughter of Elia Kazan) I would have liked this more. I did feel for the girl.  She's a very quiet, soft spoken woman who is not one who makes things happen but rather lets them happen.  It felt like a miserable situation.  Anyone who can empathize with Ivy will find this a much better film.  It will play better with that emotional connection.  Technically everything seemed to work just fine but I was simply missing that little spark needed for this to work.  Now, if only she HAD exploded...well, that's my kind of movie!  The Oscilloscope DVD comes with 4 trailers for their films (including this one), a 13 minute interview with Gray and Kazan, a music video fro "Thursday" by Asobi Seksu, and FLUTTER (1997) (a short film by Gray from college).

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