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The Exploding Girl
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Every phone conversation starts like this. The only difference, sometimes Ivy doesn't say hey a second time.
Not much happens in this film. Ivy and Al arrive at her mother's New York City house for summer college break. Ivy is involved with a faceless person that we get to know through their phone calls (mostly voice mail). Al ends up staying at Ivy's house; his parents have converted his room into a Tantric Sex room. The passage of time isn't obvious, it looks like only a few nights, but in reality the film spans most of the summer.
Exploding Girl is a slow moving, delicate, independent film. Shot with a Red Digital camera, every shot is rock solid, with minimal panning. Each scene is very carefully constructed and deliberate, the director uses framing effectively. Unfortunately, not every single shot is in focus. Even with this sometimes major fault, I loved this film. The director uses very slow pacing, shots run on for a good long time. The editing matches the feel of the film, take time to get to know the character and what they just did. Frequently foreground objects obstruct the frame. In the subway, it turns out none of this was planned; they bootlegged filming in the subway as described in the bonus making of featurette.
This is a sensual film. The chemistry between Ivy and Al develops slowly. Ivy is shy, Al is a bit more outgoing, but not by much. There is no nudity. There is one scene where Al and another girl smoke marijuana. I don't recall any strong language. The scene where Ivy has a seizure is done from a distance, but it is very clear what is happening.
I loved the character development. It felt like real life, getting to know Ivy and Al, and peripherally her mother and the disembodied boy friend, slowly.Read more ›
Ivy (Zoe Kazan) is a college student who returns back home to Brooklyn for summer break. Her kind-natured childhood friend, Al (Mark Rendall), needs a place to stay over the summer and rooms with Ivy and her mother. As the summer progresses Ivy's increasingly disinterested boyfriend, Greg, ends their relationship via cellphone. Ivy's a sensitive soul struggling with epilepsy, keeping her emotions wrapped up tightly inside. Her faithful friend, Al, reaches out as Ivy sinks into despair. Will Ivy reach back? Will romance spark?
The Exploding Girl is a sweet, little film which explores the angst of young love. Zoe Kazan, the granddaughter of legendary film director, Elia Kaza, gives a wonderfully touching performance. Rendall does a nice job as Ivy's good-hearted friend. Eric Lin's cinematography is exquisite. The pigeon scene near the end of this film is clearly an homage to Zoe's grandfather's masterpiece, On the Waterfront.
Thank God for independent filmmakers. You'll never see a movie like The Exploding Girl from Hollywood.
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This is slow paced but beautiful movie. It's a tender and sweet coming of age story. Zoe Kazan is the glue that holds the movie together, with the very realistic angst and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Smith
this movie is an Epilepsy one which is 80 mins long it base on a 20 years old it base in new York story about a spring brake collage Student It is very hard to buy this type of... Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by Brian Craven
As a snapshot of NY, the protagonist at film's center and the myriad ways she negotiates daily life, this "Girl" is every bit as relevant as Lena Dunham's amazing show of the same... Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Akai
This film deserves more than 4 stars, maybe 4.75. It was surprisingly engaging, and the right length. One very moving scene has no dialogue, just a closeup of people's hands. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by M.Merkersen
I saw this movie a few years ago. I totally loved it. Stories like thisjust seem to draw me in.Published on November 11, 2012 by Dee Anna M. Tena
I kept thinking there was more to come. The movie was low-key and slow paced. I'm OK with that. I watch international movies and many movies from other countries are like that. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Deanna