STARLET explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway) and 85 year-old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, Melissa (Stella Maeve) and Mikey (James Ransone), while taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet. Sadie, an elderly widow, passes her days alone tending to her flower garden. After a confrontation between the two women at Sadie's yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie's past. Jane attempts to befriend the caustic older woman in an effort to solve her dilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows.
"STARLET enough provocative subtext to deliver on its themes about the challenges of communication."
-Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE
"Powerful sense of place roots film about the uneasy friendship between a 21 year old and an octogenarian."
-John DeFore, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"[A] brittle, beautifully understated San Fernando Valley character study."
-Peter Debruge, VARIETY
Directed by Sean Baker. Unrated.
USA, 2012, Digital Projection, 105minutes, Color, English.
Producer Blake Ashman-Kipervaser will be in attendance Friday November 30 at 7PM and Saturday November 30 at 7:30PM for an introduction and Q+A.
Contains some strong sexual content.