Ripe

Overview

Writer/director Mo Ogrodnik's debut feature is a low-budget independent drama about the dangerous budding sexuality of two teen sisters. Fourteen-year-old fraternal twins Violet Monica Keena and Rosie Daisy Eagan barely escape from a fiery car wreck that claims the lives of their parents. Because their father was abusive, they are happy to be free, and they strike out for Kentucky. Instead, the girls end up on a run-down Army base, where they befriend the hirsute civilian groundskeeper, Pete Gordon Currie. Pete, ...
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Overview

Writer/director Mo Ogrodnik's debut feature is a low-budget independent drama about the dangerous budding sexuality of two teen sisters. Fourteen-year-old fraternal twins Violet Monica Keena and Rosie Daisy Eagan barely escape from a fiery car wreck that claims the lives of their parents. Because their father was abusive, they are happy to be free, and they strike out for Kentucky. Instead, the girls end up on a run-down Army base, where they befriend the hirsute civilian groundskeeper, Pete Gordon Currie. Pete, who supplements his income by selling contraband porn magazines and junk food to the soldiers, lies to the base commander and claims that the girls are his nieces. The runaway sisters move into Pete's quarters and Violet begins a flirtatious relationship with him, while the tomboy Rosie learns how to shoot a gun from a kindly military police officer, Ken Ron Brice. After charged episodes playing "spin the bottle" and a base dance, the relationship between Violet and Pete turns sexual. Dismayed, Rosie retaliates by having her own sexual encounter with a soldier.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Mo Ogrodnik's feature debut, Ripe, suffered the same fate as many festival-circuit indie productions -- a brief theatrical release on the way to a video distribution deal replete with misleadingly sexy box-cover art -- but it deserves a look on the merits of its lead performers and striking atmosphere. Ogrodnik's agenda is simple and universal: to show the petty betrayals that adolescent girls foist upon one another when they discover their sexuality. Unfortunately, she has to work out this theme via a convoluted, unrealistic plot involving dead parents, runaway schemes, and a laissez-faire army base where two teenage girls can take up refuge and no one will bat an eyelash. That said, Ogrodnik's drably surreal visual sense -- aided by Wolfgang Held's dreamy, blue-green color scheme and Sally Petersen's stark production design -- allows many of Ripe's more preposterous scenarios to glide by easily, as part of the movie's overall Freudian-nightmare texture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 031398649236
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Vidmark / Trimark
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Monica Keena Violet
Daisy Eagan Rosie
Gordon Currie Pete
Ron Brice Ken
Vincent Laresca Jimmy
Karen Gorney Janet Wyman
Technical Credits
Mo Ogrodnik Director, Screenwriter
Richard Abramowitz Co-producer
Tommy (T-Bone) Barone Asst. Director
Eve Battaglia Casting
Katherine Jane Bryant Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Durham Editor
Jonathan S. Gaynor Sound/Sound Designer
Wolfgang Held Camera Operator
Suzy Landa Producer
Michael Chambers Executive Producer
Hannah Moseley Art Director
Patrick Panzarella Executive Producer
Sally Petersen Production Designer
Thomas A. Razzano Producer
Anton Sanko Songwriter
Rachel Watanabe-Batton Associate Producer
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