This 2007 indie movie would have vanished without trace were it not for the fact that the new it girl du jour, Kristen Stewart, is in it. She is featured as Georgia, a young girl with Friedreich's Ataxia, a rare disease for which there is currently no cure. The main symptoms are those of apparently being drunk, ie one slurs, stumbles and falls, and tragically the illness spells an early death and zero social life.
Set in rural America, the story centres around Georgia's determination to live a proper life and get a decent bite from life's apple. To this end, she press-gangs a local boy, Beagle, into sleeping with her.
But 'The Cake Eaters' is so much more than a young romance. To me, in its own modest, quiet way, the film was an insight into the struggles, triumphs and mysteries of life itself.
Also, K Stew's performance was stunning. At first, especially seeing her lacklustre stint in 'New moon' and 'Eclipse', she appeared almost vapid, and not trying. However, her quiet and compelling performance here grows on you. For that matter, so do her gorgeous, elfin looks.
By the way: in spite of the title, there is no reference to the eating of cakes.