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  • Actors: Alison Folland, Tara Subkoff, Cole Hauser, Wilson Cruz, Leisha Hailey
  • Directors: Alex Sichel
  • Producers: Dolly Hall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec. 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KLA8AE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,813 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Claude (Alison Folland, Boys Don't Cry) is a cute, young skateboarding teenager who has a thing for her messed-up best friend, Ellen (Tara Subkoff, The Notorious Bettie Page). Ellen however is in a rut with her homophobe boyfriend (Cole Hauser, The Cave). Enter Luke, a self-assured gay musician, who encourages Claude to actually explore her feelings and perceptions of herself and the world that she lives in. Heeding this advice, Claude finds her way to the local lesbian bar where she meets Lucy (Leisha Hailey, The L Word), a cute punkish girl playing in an all female band. But is this the lifestyle that Claude really wants?

Lesbian cult classic 'All Over Me' is a pull-no-punches riot grrl fairytale about a baby-dyke's coming of age - and coming out - in the beatnik neighbourhood of Hell's Kitchen, New York.

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Coming-of-age themes are an obvious choice for movie-makers but All Over Me is far from being run of the mill. It follows the friendship and codependence of two 15-year-old New York girls, one (Claude) gradually coming to terms with the fact that she's gay, the other (Ellen), getting sucked into a world of boys, violence and drugs. It brilliantly and sympathetically realised by film-maker sisters Alex and Sylvia Sichel, with superb performances by the two leads, Alison Folland and Tara Subkoff.

When the violent, homophobic murder of the girls' new-found friend, Jesse (Wilson Cruz) threatens to rip them apart, Ellen embarks on a trail of self-destruction while Claude finally seems able to come to terms with her own destiny, ultimately getting together with the pretty, magenta-haired punk musician, Lucy (a superbly empathetic performance from Leisha Hailey). It's a film that's saved from introspective self-indulgence by the brutal interruption of the outside world, and it's not just a thought-provoking hour-and-a-half, it's a compelling narrative experience. The only weakness is the two-dimensional characterization of Ellen's psychotic boyfriend, well enough played by Cole Hauser, but intrinsically limited in scope. Ann Dowd is superb as Claude's man-chasing mother and the film is topped off by a funky soundtrack.

On the DVD: All over Me doesn't just offer the "usual theatrical trailer" for the film in question but instead offers trailers for two related films, Better than Chocolate and Trick, both of which deal truthfully with gay issues offering a light and often humorous touch. However, that's it as far as additional goodies are concerned, which is a shame, but the vibrant soundtrack is presented in a great Dolby Digital sound. --Harriet Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By tangerinedream53@expn.com on 14 Aug. 2001
A deeply moving beautifully shot piece that hinges on the subtle yet deeply moving performances of the cast. Anyone with any hint of sensitivity in their body (whatever sexuality) cannot fail to be moved by this strangely touching and wonderful film. The use of music stands out as the most memorable part of the film which honestly left me dazed. (I liked it)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.S. on 21 July 2010
Format: DVD
Firstly, let me stipulate that I am not usually a fan of 90s films. Their graininess annoys me, and the never-ending plaid makes me want to take a blow torch to the screen. I avoid them like the Plague, with few exceptions.

This film, however, is DEFINITELY one of those exceptions. I was given a copy by a friend and had my doubts, yet with little else to do one night, I began watching. The film's plot centers on a tomboy, Claude, and her best friend, Ellen, who seems to be getting into a relationship with a pretty dangerous guy. Claude soon befriends Luke, a gay musician who has recently moved into the building, and he encourages her to start a band, which eventually leads her to meet Lucy. Ellen's homophobic boyfriend, however, soon has a confrontation with Luke and the results lead to Claude's examination of both her friendships and her own life.

This film struck me in a pretty surprising way. Claude's self discovery is not just that of coming to terms with her sexual preferences, but also that of doing the right thing and determining whether a friendship should continue or not (which I'm sure many people, like myself, have been through). Allison Folland as the protagonaist Claude is a poignant and believable portrayal of a 16 year old dealing with issues well beyond her years, and the punk sounds of Sleater Kinney and Patti Smith help to set the scene of New York City and the lifestyle these teenagers lead.

I would HIGHLY recommend this film to anyone looking for a film that tackles serious issues in an interesting and at times comedic way.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Deb on 13 Jun. 2002
Format: DVD
I loved this film, it is definitely one of the best coming out films around. The character around which the story revolves is Claude, a teenager going through a very mixed up time. And it's not surprising,when she's hung up on her best friend, a sometime druggie with a violent homophobic boyfriend. Although this sounds like a depressing idea for a film, it is handled with compassion, and the result is incredibly moving film with issues that many people can relate to. A must for any teenager with confused ideas of sexuality, as well as anyone who's had a hard time coming to terms with who they are.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct. 2000
When I saw this movie it made me feel so much emotion after I'd watched it, it is so brilliant! For a low budget movie with hardly any real credit it really is amazing. It's touching, emotional, top acting and will be enjoyed by anyone. It's like a real journey through the teenagers live's and is like a documentary in the filming. The plot line is really really good too. I want to see it again as soon as possible!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD
A well-acted and well-written coming of age story. The only annoyance is the bad sound (and on occasion the actors' mumbling) which had me reviewing a few scenes on a couple of occasions, but other than that a great film! 3.5 stars - 4 if they could solve the sound issues/add subtitles...
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Claude is a 15 year old girl living in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. At the start of the summer school vacation Claude and her childhood best friend Ellen spend their time hanging out on the streets, in Claude's bedroom and talking of forming a band. After Ellen begins dating Mark the local drug dealer she quickly spirals into a life of drug and alcohol abuse and late night partying and their long time friendship soon becomes strained.
When Claude befriends Luke, a musician who moves into her apartment building and who is murdered soon after, Ellen reveals to Claude she witnessed Luke's murder and begs her not to say anything to anyone, Claude is then forced to weigh the value of her relationship with Ellen against that of her own conscience.
It's a real shame that this is the one and only feature length film the Sichel sisters ever made as it's a great example of independent film-making at its best, and even from this one film you get the sense Alex and Sylvia Sichel could have gone on to make some interesting films. Alison Folland and Tara Subkoff are great as the two friends whose close friendship is slowly disintegrating. The direction and story are well paced and engaging and the excellent 90's `Riot Grrrl' soundtrack is a perfect match for the movie. If you enjoy low key character based indie films then this is a must see, and if you enjoy this you should also check out Alison Folland in the equally good 'Milwaukee Minnesota'.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
Brilliant film, excellent soundtrack! Beautiful insight into teenage discovery, approachs delicate subjects with a realist approach rather than Hollywood, totally refreshing. Plus Leisha Hailey sparkles.
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