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The Exploding Girl

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The Exploding Girl
Bradley Rust Gray, 2009
May 14, 2010–May 27, 2010
“This quietly poetic little gem contains many beautiful things, not least of which is leading lady Zoe Kazan, who lets every scene billow and swirl around her effortlessly.”—New York Daily News

When 20-year-old Ivy (Zoe Kazan) heads home for spring break with a fresh romance in her heart, everything seems to be going perfectly. When her best friend Al finds himself without lodgings, Ivy and her mother take him in, and Ivy and Al's friendship strengthens while her boyfriend grows more distant from afar. Increasingly distressed about her conflicting feelings, Ivy must stay resilient in the face of her epilepsy, lest her emotions become something she can't control. Bradley Rust Gray's film is a meditative and realistic portrait of a young girl coming of age and finding a deeper kind of love in New York City.

Thanks to small but scene-stealing performances in Revolutionary Road, Me and Orson Welles, and It’s Complicated, Zoe Kazan (granddaughter of Oscar and Tony-winning director Elia Kazan) has quickly become one of the most promising and talented young actresses working today. The Exploding Girl marks her first leading role and one of the most acclaimed performances so far this year. (79 mins., HD video)

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