“Starlet has a timeless cinematic richness that puts
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The Film

The unlikely friendship between 21 year-old and elderly widow.
With Dree Hemingway & Besedka Johnson

After their worlds collide in California’s San Fernando Valley, 21 year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson) develop a surprising relationship.

Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates and taking care of her chihuahua Starlet, while Sadie passes her days alone, tending to her garden.

After a confrontation at a yard sale, Jane finds something unexpected in a relic from Sadie’s past. Her curiosity piqued, she tries to befriend the caustic older woman. Secrets emerge as their relationship grows, revealing that nothing is ever as it seems.

Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films, the Spirit Award nominated Prince of Broadway and Take Out, capturing the rhythms of everyday life with a rare authenticity.

Featuring exceptional debut performances by Dree Hemingway (great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel) and 85 year-old Besedka Johnson, who received a Special Jury Recognition at SxSW.

Starlet is at once provocative, haunting, unpredictable, and surprisingly sweet.

"A Thrillingly, unexpectedly good American Movie"
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"A hushed marvel of a movie."
Sean Burns, PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY

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