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Pariah [Blu-ray] (2011)

Adepero Oduye , Kim Wayans , Dee Rees  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans
  • Directors: Dee Rees
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005S9EINI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pariah [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    Kim Wayans, Adepero Oduye, Aasha Davis and Charles Parnell star in Dee Rees’s inspiring film that critics hail is “Vibrantly alive! Potently moving and heartfelt!” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Seventeen-year-old Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay) lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is quietly embracing her identity as a lesbian. But whenever Alike's development becomes a topic of discussion at home, her parents’ already strained marriage is pushed to the breaking point. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Intense family drama March 11, 2012
    Format:DVD
    "Pariah" (90 min.) brings the story of Alike (played by Adepero Oduye), a 17 yr. old girl living with her younger sister and her mom and dad. Alike is discovering that she likes girls better than guys. Alike's mom picks up on the fact that Alike is going through a "tomboy" phase, and is urging dad to do something about it. Dad, however, has his own problems (the movie shows a short phone call that one might interpret he has another lady in his world) and besides (as he says) "Alike is always daddy's girl". Needless to say, a lot of tension builds up between mom and dad and Alike. To reveal more from the plot would spoil the pleasure of watching this movie, you'll just have to see how it all plays out.

    A lot has been made of the fact that this is a movie about a "black teenage girl coming out". I guess I really don't see at all what the relevance is, if any, of the race or color in this movie. What I saw was an intense family drame, set in contemporary Brooklyn, New York. It's not even so much a "lesbian" movie. I came away impressed by the fact that this is writer-director Dee Rees' debute film, as the movie certainly doesn't feel like the work of a novice.

    There are a number of acting performances worth noting, none more so of course than Adepero Oduye in the role of Alike, but also Kim Wayans as Alike's mom and Charles Parnell as Alike's dad. Last but not least, there was plenty of great music featured in the movie (unfortunately the credits went by so quickly I barely had time to register all the music that was featured, although I did notice that Reema Major has 5 or so songs credited). In all, I thought that "Pariah" was well worth it, and I would readily recommend this if you are looking for something good to watch outside the Hollywood commercial mainstream.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Striking Debute March 6, 2012
    Format:DVD
    Pariah is a powerful first film by an emerging director, Dee Reese, well acted by a wonderful ensemble of actors, and beautifully and evocatively shot by Director of Photography Bradfford Young. Certainly the story is one that is not widely present within contemporary cinematic culture, but the film stands on its own as a powerful piece of work, not merely a sociological footnote. The true brilliance of this movie is the way in which the visual experience wraps itself around the film's narrative. The camera work alone is truly groundbreaking and original, creating a consistently shallow sense of visual space that directs and redirects our attention in ways that allows us to experience the world intimately through the eyes of the young protagonist.

    This is a film that should have received a wider screening than it did. That it was critically hailed was well deserved. That it is now available on DVD is truly cause for celebration. Buy this film, and keep your eyes and heart wide open while watching it.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 'I'm not running...I'm choosing.' April 29, 2012
    Format:DVD
    Writer/Director Dee Rees is an inordinately talented newcomer. If PARIAH is indicative of the quality of films she will create, then we are in for a new level of verismo cinema. She tackles a tough subject - same sex relationships among African American women - with such insight and care to details that her film jumps off the screen screaming as in the words of her heroine `I'm not running - I'm choosing': lesbian girls are not God's mistake (to quote the mother figure) but instead have the courage to accept their difference and embrace their sexuality and still become successful members of society.

    Alike/Lee (Adepero Oduye, a fine young actress who hails from Brooklyn by way of Nigeria, a graduate of Cornell University who has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson) is a 17-year old sexually conflicted girl who lives in Brooklyn with her younger very bright sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) and her parents - police detective father Arthur (Charles Parnell) and conservative, overprotective, biased mother Audrey (Kim Wayans). Alike is an excellent student, a blossoming poet, and a lesbian: she maintains tow life styles complete with clothes changes so that she can be the `daughter' at home and herself outside the home. Alike's best friend Laure (Pernell Walker) is her support system as Laure is comfortable about being out as a lesbian. Alike's home life is strained as her ever arguing parents disagree on many factors, on of them being Alike's need to appear like a man. Audrey arranges for Alike to become friends with Bina (Aasha Davis) who is the daughter of one of Audrey's friends, an encouragement that eventually leads to Alike's surprise first sexual experience with a girl who is just `doing her own thing' - ie, not a lesbian.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Brilliance May 1, 2012
    Format:DVD
    Simply put, I was blown away by this "little" (note quotes) film. I just did not expect this level of refinement, character development, cinematography, direction, etc. Me, a 49-year-old, cynical, AA male that thought he's "seen it all", going back over 30 years, in terms of "indie movies". Dee Rees: If you ever need funding for your next project (you shouldn't) give me a "ring". A brilliant, very well-acted, touching, sensitive piece of work. The cinematography (Bradford Young) was amazing, haunting....I am a genuine fan of Ms. Adepero Oduye and kudos to Ms. Wayans for taking this serious role. Pernell Walker was effective, yet understated in her role; the handsome, ultra-competent Charles Parnell was a revelation and left me wondering: "Why haven't I seen this magnetic dude in other films?"
    I even went out had bought the soundtrack and fell in love with Honeychild Melon ("Echelon"), Apollo Heights ("Dress You Up") and Kandi Cole, etc. Wow.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Kim Wayans did a great job of serious acting.
    Published 9 days ago by LOVIE
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    pretty good.
    Published 12 days ago by Dray Putnam
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Excellent
    Published 1 month ago by tricky nicky
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie!
    Published 1 month ago by TEE-TEE
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
    I am taking a class that required to watch the movie! I think it is very realistic!! It helped to understand gay people!
    Published 2 months ago by Laura Villegas
    5.0 out of 5 stars Same Sex Gender Curious
    I really like Pariah alot it was different , but very valid Iove the way the story is told , the actors, the music score, the cinima photography, I really Identified with this... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by JayGrant
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must See!
    Great Movie! This movie should be seen by everyone. This shows some seriousness that goes on in the gay communities.
    Published 4 months ago by Tameka Fitzpatrick
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films of all time
    This movie is so well-made, and so compelling - it falls into the category of my favorite movies of all time. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Consumer Adphawkit
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of 2013!
    This coming of age story never fells to deliver. Oduye gives a strong, convincing and award worthy performance. I can't wait to see more from her.
    Published 5 months ago by Ronald E. Spencer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Worth every positive review
    I was hesitant to watch Pariah because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to relate to the black Lesbian experience as a gay black man. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Rashid Darden
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