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Starlet [Blu-ray] (2012)

Dree Hemingway , Besedka Johnson , Sean Baker  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Boonee, James Ransome, Asa Akira
  • Directors: Sean Baker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B58FVLY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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STARLET explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie after their worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates and taking care of her hihuahua Starlet, while Sadie passes her days alone, tending to her garden. After a confrontation at a yard sale, Jane finds something unexpected in a relic from Sadie's past. Her curiosity piqued, she tries to befriend the caustic older woman. Secrets emerge as their relationship grows, revealing that nothing is ever as it seems.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies of the year February 18, 2013
By adrian
I'm so happy it's already out on Bluray and DVD! Starlet was one of my favorite movies of the year. Absolutely in my top three. It completely caught me by surprise. I really don't want to spoil too much because the beauty of this film is to discover it on your own. Nonetheless, I think I can say that the performances are outstanding. There is such a natural way in which the actors exist in the film. It all feels so natural. Dree Hemingway's work is truly impressive and inspiring. The film carefully takes you in. There is a new revelation in every scene, subtle or big, the film never stops surprising. The film is harsh, sweet, naive, mature, it just is what is has to be when it has to be. I love that. A beautiful thing is that this film never ever judges any of its characters and truly makes you think that nothing is what it seems. Starlet is pure honesty. I feel that the director and people involved made this one from the heart. There is nothing better than an honest piece of work. Thank you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a film to relate with. February 17, 2013
By catexia
There's a feeling in the movie that makes the spectator relate with; an every day life loneliness, a void that we try to run away from but in the end its always there... and in between that, what seems to save us: finding am accomplice for that feeling. sharing it without even mentioning it.
The story is minimalistic. Silences are beautifuly placed and tell the audience more than what would dialogue do. Or at least, it gives the audience the space to relate with the movie, and fill the blanks with those feelings.
The music and photography are there to back up the mood of the film amazingly. I fully recommend it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Indie Films February 17, 2013
"Starlet" is one of the most heartfelt looks at the people of the City of Angels I've seen in a long time. It is poignant and sincere. It doesn't need shock or artifice to make you pay attention. Love, love, love...see it if only for the doggie / Chihuahua that steals the show!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Honest June 17, 2013
This VERY low budget Indie by Sean Baker won the prestigious Altman Award for 2012. I was compelled to find out what the fuss was about.

Imagine my surprise; a well-written, well-crafted, simple story about integrity, good intentions and issues of the elderly. I won't give away some of the more sensational plot-points, but the plentiful DVD extras explain that first impressions should not make one judgmental regarding the true make up of a person. The talented Mr Baker lets you know these people before adding an interesting element that may shock some (I found it mildly amusing).

Dree Hemingway is remarkable as Jane, a girl new to the San Fernando Valley, staying with friends while she establishes herself. She buys a thermos from a cranky old lady at a yard sale (the magnificent Besedka Johnson), later to find out there's $10K inside. This makes Jane uncomfortable, and she attempts to find out if the old lady might really need that money, a guilt-complex that results in an adventure of stalking, friendship, fondness, understanding and genuine love.

At age 85, it was Johnson's first film role, and she handles it like a pro. It's Jane's integrity and perseverance to know this old woman that is the gist of the film, a sweetness that can't help but move the viewer. It's a beautifully controlled relationship starting with suspicion, mutual interests, leading to genuine caring. I was totally taken in. The film still resonates with me, though I saw it over a week ago.

I won't give away the other plot points, but there are terrific supporting players; Stella Maeve as Jane's stoner best friend, Melissa, and James Ransone, great as Melissa's manic, stoner boyfriend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful April 29, 2013
By Lillea
I feel fortunate that a good friend recommended this to me without telling me anything about it. He told me to avoid reading reviews so nothing was spoiled and I would say the same to others. It's best to just watch the story unfold and form your own ideas and feelings about what you see.

I felt like I was watching real people, more than I do when I watch some documentaries. The look, thoughtfulness and realistic characters remind me of some of the best American films that focus on relationships produced in the 70s, like Kramer vs Kramer. Now it's often good independent films like Starlet that seem to step back more and allow us to think and feel things more naturally as we watch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Few films achieve this kind of grace February 21, 2013
By Nictate
STARLET is a sun-bleached Valentine to L.A. exploring the buoyancy of lies. Pleasingly unaffected and promising in style. Lead perfs are lovely. There's a bit of the Greta Gerwig in STARLET's star, Dree Hemingway. I mean that as a big compliment. One of those rare American films that is so thoughtfully observed and sensitively captured, it gives me hope for the indie landscape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Knows What Drives People's Souls October 4, 2013
This is an indy flick to the nines. It has an interesting story but the ending puzzled me.

Here's the scoop. Jane is an adult movie actress. She rents a room from Mikey and Melissa. He sell drugs. She also acts in adult films. Jane has her little dog starlet and takes her on a garage sale junket to get stuff to fix up her room. She buys a thermos, from an elderly woman, that she wants to use as a vase. When she gets home she finds the vase is full of rolled up bills to the tune of about 10K. She is compelled to go back to the old woman to see.....what? If she would even miss the money? Is she destitute? But a relationship develops between the two as Jane's friends' situation deteriorates and things go south.

This is a cool flick. Good writing. Particularly as concerns the characters. Jane makes adult films and seems curiously passive about it. She seems to not think much about it one way or the other. Melissa, on the other hand, is a total stroke, loser. Gets too high too often, can nowhere near manage her finances and is always coming apart at the seams. Mikey wants to be bigger in the adult film industry but has nowhere near the skills. Then there's Sadie, the elderly woman. What's her story? Married to a professional gambler who died from a heart attack. Left her oodles of dollars and no kids. Or were there? You see her suspicion of Jane straight off, but her walls get worn down. A relationship does develop but what's really happening? Is Jane merely guilty about not telling her about the money or is Sadie a mom she never really had? Is Sadie just lonely or is Jane the daughter she once had and lost. The final scene in the cemetery might be the key.

This is very indy. A lot of hand held camera, natural lighting and real sets. If you like a good indy flick, this should do ya.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Film about Friendship a little dog and bingo.
This is one of those films that is absolutely unassuming and yet totally engrossing. It stars Dree Hemmingway as Jane a 21 year old worker in the `adult entertainment industry'. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tommy Dooley
3.0 out of 5 stars Can I have my time back?
This movie was about a girl who is trying to make it in the porn industry. She questions her integrity on weather or not to keep a jar of money that she found in a vase she bought... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Smashly
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone's a star
I'm about to tell you something so shocking you might not believe me. Something so incredible that only a talented writing team such as the ones who wrote Starlet could come up... Read more
Published 6 months ago by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning
The blu-ray i received from netflix of Starlet would not play. In fact, it crashed two different blu-ray players. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ed Farnsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
Just one of the most beautiful indie films ever made, with stunning performances from its two lead players. Remarkable in every way! (And the extras are great!)
Published 7 months ago by IndieLover
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
Subtle, masterful, deceptively simple. Beautiful script, even if the ending is a bit ambiguous. Fabulous performances by a highly underrated group of actors. Read more
Published 15 months ago by William Apt
5.0 out of 5 stars Best "never heard of" movie of the decade!
"Starlet" was startlingly GREAT!!
I watched it on another site, but it's so good, I'm gonna buy it.....from Amazon!! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Aaron J. Krohn
4.0 out of 5 stars great!
I loved this movie! Real, enticing, well played. Evoked real emotions and was well acted. Loved the dog too! Great.
Published 15 months ago by dancinglady
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie R
Nice budget movie good quality film good amateur actors no action no blood full drama about roommates and a granny and one cute leggy blonde and two retards.. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Starlet runs deep
I found this movie to be reflective, humanistic, poetic and artful. I give credit to Sean Baker for his direction and editing. Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. Bartley
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