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  • Actors: Anna Margaret Hollyman
  • Directors: Lisa Robinson, Annie Howell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007MJ9LMA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,627 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sarah Sparks is pregnant and feeling wholly ambivalent, despite her boyfriend's pure enthusiasm. A committed tech-geek, she fears she is more interested in ultrasound technology than in what's being ultra-sounded. When her sister lures her to L.A. for what ends up being a terrorizing baby shower, Sarah keeps her rental van and hits the road in search of the source of her anxiety: her estranged mother, now living off the grid. Small, Beautifully Moving Parts takes a comic and poignant look at one woman's coming-of-parenthood in the age of technology.

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It is an indie comedy that excels with great characters.
Alexander O. Teitz
The film never has a dull or boring moment, which road-themed movies can often fall victim to.
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I found the message of the film powerful and the character adorable!!
quentin

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The indie "Small, Beautifully Moving Parts" is one of those micro-budgeted film experiences that you'd be unlikely to have a chance to see outside of the festival circuit. That's the key, though, that makes it seem so refreshing. As a little film (and only 73 minutes at that), the movie has a lot to say about family and connectivity in the contemporary age. Its goals are modest, its themes are recognizable, and its characters are identifiable. Filmmakers Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson have crafted an intimate character study that has a quirky appeal without ever devolving into preciousness. And that's not always easy to do in an era where quirk has replaced genuine emotion in most mainstream comedies. So, "Small, Beautifully Moving Parts" is easy to like and recommend as long as you're not expecting a big or glossy production. Its quiet power is incredibly subtle and as our heroine discovers her own truth by the end of the film, it's surprisingly low-key but no less effective for this restrained approach.

The film centers around a young women (Anna Margaret Hollyman) obsessed with all forms of technology and how things work. She seems less connected, however, with human interactions and the complexities of her own personal life. As she discovers that she is pregnant, she is completely ill-equipped to deal with the news and seemingly ambivalent about the prospect of being a mother. In order to understand her own feelings, she embarks on a road trip to reunite with family and ultimately come to grips with a mother who abandoned her and moved completely off the grid. The trip is pleasant and amusing, at first, but the encounters become increasingly honest and candid.
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Small, Beautifully Moving Parts is dubbed as a "coming of parenthood tale for the internet age" which had me drawn in from the get go. Take two of my favorite things: coming-of-age dramedies and technology, and you can't miss. Gladly, Parts combines both attributes perfectly and makes for a charming little surprise of a film this year.

The film follows a young woman named Sarah Sparks (a breakout role for Anna Margaret Hollyman) who discovers that she's pregnant along with boyfriend Leon (Andre Holland). Leon couldn't be more excited about the news, but Sarah's feelings are less apparent than her interest in the different gadgets in the doctor's examination room.

Sarah is a very lovable and relevant character with some nerdy appeal. She reflects today's techno-savvy independent woman wrapped in a cute and quirky package. She is a socially relevant and much needed female heroine, much like Lisbeth Salander (except without, you know, all of the violence). Sarah is what really drew me into the film and kept me watching all the way as I welcomed such a fresh and interesting character, a breath of fresh air for today's films.

The story, while not reinventing the genre as much as the main character, is heartfelt and honest. It follows Sarah as she goes on a journey in search of answers, most importantly from her own estranged mother. She ventures out alone in a mini van in search of her "off the grid" mother. Along the way she meets up with a few characters, from her equally techno-loving father to Leon's pseudo free spirit sister. The trip is full of some great road and desert shots that fit the mood of each step of the adventure perfectly.

All of the characters are well written and likable in their own way.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By quentin on June 6, 2012
Small Beautifully Moving Parts tells the story of Sarah Sparks, a high tech guru
more familiar with laptops than babies, who is on a journey of discovery. This coming of age movie is simple and sweet, balancing hilarious situations (won't spoil it for you, but there's a car scene in the desert which is awesome!) with moving emotional sequences. I found the message of the film powerful and the character adorable!! I highly recommend it!
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