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Starlet [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]

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  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B58FVLY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,699 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Film about Friendship a little dog and bingo. 12 July 2014
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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'. She buys a Thermos in a yard sale one day and on getting it home finds that it is stuffed with cash. She tries to take it back to the cantankerous old woman, whom she bought it from, but is rebutted.

So she engineers a way to be a `Good Samaritan' to Sadie (the late Besedka Johnson) with her faithful lapdog in tow - this is `Starlet' of the film title. What starts out as marked for failure in the relationship department soon blossoms into a real friendship. However, Jane lives with Melissa and Mikey - Melissa is one of those people who think the Universe revolves around them and everyone is here to do her a favour; so she finds it strange that her `besty' is hanging with an old lady and wont let it lie - to say more is straying into the realms of plot spoiling.

As I mentioned this is a film that plays out slowly but it is interesting all the way and actually quite a lot does happen. Dree Hemmingway is superb as is the pooch but then there are convincing performances from everyone. Director Sean Baker has made a film that will stand the test of time and has a subtle yet simple message about friendship. If you like your films a bit quirky and are prepared to take a risk then I think you will be happily surprised with Starlet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This film was just...... 28 July 2013
By cjoplin
this film was amazing so calm, and wasnt that intense didnt seem like there was much going on yet you were hooked, you couldnt and didnt want to look away. the performances were outstanding and from a woman who has never acted in her life aswell (besedka jones). it was just outstanding. i would reccomend this for anyone that just really wants to watch a casual film with a beautiful story behind it.
honestly just check it out (watch on netflix if unsure) then buy the dvd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 23 Sep 2014
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Would have been a good, well-acted moving film but it was such a shame to have an unexpected and unnecessary graphic porn scene in the middle. I wish modern film-makers would look at the successful classics and learn that suggestions of this kind of thing can be way more powerful than gratuitous and over the top sex scenes.
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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 18 Feb 2013
By adrian - Published on
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a film to relate with. 18 Feb 2013
By catexia - Published on
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Indie Films 18 Feb 2013
By Miss BGL - Published on
"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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Honest 18 Jun 2013
By R. Gawlitta - Published on
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.

It is to Mr Baker's credit that he let you know the sweetness of Jane before he drops the "bomb", about one-third into the film. A great lesson to not judge people before you know how good they can be.

It's "Not Rated", so be prepared for some surprises. A delightful film, in many ways, and a landmark film in pacing and development.

I admire "Starlet" very much.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful 30 April 2013
By Lillea - Published on
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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