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Exploding Girl
     

The Exploding Girl

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Director: Bradley Rust Gray, Zoe Kazan, Mark Rendall, Maryann Urbano

Cast: Bradley Rust Gray, Zoe Kazan, Mark Rendall, Maryann Urbano

 
Ivy (Zoe Kazan of Revolutionary Road) returns home to Brooklyn for her summer break from college. She misses her boyfriend, and calls him frequently, but they can't quite seem to connect. She spends a lot of time with her longtime friend, Al (Mark Rendall of 30 Days of

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Ivy (Zoe Kazan of Revolutionary Road) returns home to Brooklyn for her summer break from college. She misses her boyfriend, and calls him frequently, but they can't quite seem to connect. She spends a lot of time with her longtime friend, Al (Mark Rendall of 30 Days of Night). Al clearly has a longstanding crush on Ivy, about which he's never done anything, probably out of some combination of fear and respect for their friendship. His confusion is exacerbated when, due to family circumstances, he's forced to stay with Ivy and her mother (Maryann Urbano) during his break from school. As the summer goes on, Ivy deals with her epilepsy and the slow, painful dissolution of her relationship, while Al starts to look for love in other directions. Bradley Rust Gray wrote and directed The Exploding Girl, while his wife, So Yong Kim, served as a producer. Fans of the Cure will recognize the title as a play on their song "The Exploding Boy," the flip side of "In Between Days,"" which was the title of Kim's directorial debut, on which Gray served as co-writer and producer. The Exploding Girl had its North American premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was shown in the World Narrative Competition.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
The Exploding Girl is a gorgeous, quiet character study. As with its "sister film," In Between Days, the mode is observational and deliberately paced. The story is slight (though this film is more narrative-driven and more concise than the earlier one), it's beautifully photographed (in this case by Eric Lin), and the film is anchored by a strong, naturalistic lead performance. The Exploding Girl opens with an amazing shot of Ivy (baby-faced Zoe Kazan) through a car windshield, with the reflection of the trees overhead as she travels home from college for the summer. It creates an impressionistic image of Ivy that foreshadows thematic elements of the film involving Ivy's emotional confusion and her epilepsy. The shot is mirrored by a similar shot, under very different circumstances, at the end of the film. The Exploding Girl is certainly not about epilepsy. Ivy's illness is treated in an offhand manner, as an unfortunate but inescapable aspect of her daily existence. The movie concerns Ivy's friendship with Al (Mark Rendall), her best friend. Greg, Ivy's boyfriend, is only heard over the phone speaking to Ivy, and he's a bit of a straw man here, but there's enough charm, verisimilitude, and genuine emotion in the film to overcome that minor flaw. The warmth of Ivy's friendship with Al as they pass the time hanging out and the gradually escalating tension that threatens to fracture their bond feel exquisitely true to life. The Exploding Girl is made with sensitivity and skill, and in its modest, efficient way, develops a surprising resonance.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2010
UPC:
0896602002234
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
NR
Source:
Oscilloscope
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
32,173

Special Features

Crafting a Character - An Interview with Zoe Kazan and Bradley Rust Gray on the Streets of New York City; ; "Thursday" by Asobi Seksu - A Music Video by Soandbrad; ; Flutter - Gray's 1997 Short Film from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zoe Kazan Ivy
Mark Rendall Al
Maryann Urbano Ivy's Mom
Franklin Pipp Greg
Hunter Canning Cary

Technical Credits
Bradley Rust Gray Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Billfield Cheng Executive Producer
Karin Chien Producer
Josh Diamond Executive Producer
Ben Howe Producer
Jason Diamond Executive Producer
So Yong Kim Editor,Producer
Lars Knudsen Executive Producer
Eric Lin Cinematographer
Múm Score Composer
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Michael Sterkin Sound/Sound Designer
Jay Van Hoy Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Exploding Girl
1. College Break [4:28]
2. Good Friends [5:48]
3. Check Up [4:43]
4. "Leave a Message" [2:52]
5. Party [5:00]
6. Toy Gift [6:38]
7. "Hopeful Monster" [3:16]
8. Al's Song [6:18]
9. All-Nighter [5:18]
10. Greg [5:38]
11. "Hey" [3:28]
12. Tesla [:10]
13. Exploding Girl [5:35]
14. Reunions [6:05]
15. Tippets and Flights [7:22]
16. End Credits [3:37]

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