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Sean Baker's unusual character study follows the improbable friendship that develops between Jane, a rootless 21-year-old porn actress and Sadie, a prickly octogenarian who accidentally sells her a thermos full of cash at a yard sale. Jane's unspoken attempts to “repay” her debt to Sadie result in a combative yet tender mother-daughter dynamic. Baker juxtaposes this transaction against the stark economic realities of Jane's profession. Beautifully shot in the sun-blasted San Fernando Valley, STARLET has a strong sense of place, an unforced naturalism and a refreshingly matter-of-fact approach to its porn industry setting. Featuring a breakout performance by Dree Hemingway (daughter of Mariel) and the film debut of 85-year-old Besedka Johnson (who was discovered in a Los Angeles gym), STARLET is that rare film about female friendship, which also explores the delicate bonds we forge to build surrogate families. —Matt Cornell
Sean Baker, a New York native and NYU film school graduate, directed the award winning PRINCE OF BROADWAY, named one of the best films of 2010 by the Los Angeles Times. Baker co-created the Fox/IFC series GREG THE BUNNY and most recently wrote, directed and executive produced the MTV series WARREN THE APE.
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