Oduye, Adepero

SKU: 025192113291

UPC 025192113291
Release Date 2012-04-24
Studio Universal Studios Home Video
Discs 1
Length 87
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis 3.5 stars out of 5 -- A potent film and a standout debut...At its soulful heart, PARIAH is a stinging street-smart story...The coming-out/coming-of-age story is almost a genre of its own, but PARIAH has a fresh and distinctly urban take, anchored by an affable lead performance.PARIAH wouldn't work without Oduye's luminous performance, capturing the emotional nuances of a character not prone to letting her emotions show...[T]he film has an abiding sweetness that’s ultimately irresistible...At its heart is an incandescent performance by Ms. Oduye, who captures the jagged mood swings of late adolescence with a wonderfully spontaneous fluency.3.5 stars out of 4 -- [W]hat we're seeing here is the emergence of a promising writer-director, an actor and a cinematographer who are all exciting, and have cared to make a film that seeks helpful truths.[A] remarkable debut feature....[Oduye] gives a performance, first heartbreaking and later thrilling, that swings between the darkness of spiritual isolation and the incandescence of self-discovery...Rees presents this vivid, hidden culture with raw honesty... -- Grade: A3.5 stars out of 5 -- [A] stirring and heartfelt journey. And Oduye is unforgettable.4 stars out of 4 -- PARIAH feels a lot like life, at its most confusing, contradictory and exhilarating.A teenager must choose between the life she wants and the path her parents have picked out for her in this independent coming-of-age drama. At home, 17-year-old Alike (Adepero Oduye) is a sweet and soft-spoken girl who tries to follow the wishes of her straight-laced mother (Kim Wayans). However, there's another side of her that her parents don't know about -- Alike is a lesbian, and with her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker) she slips out to downtown dance clubs where she feels free to be open about her sexuality, though she's still working up the courage to act on her desires. As she becomes more mature, Alike is torn between living the sheltered life her parents want for her, the club-hopping lifestyle Laura has already embraced, or something that lies in between, like her neighbor Bina (Aasha Davis). PARIAH was the first feature film from writer and director Dee Rees, who adapted the story from her award-winning short film of the same name. PARIAH was an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Cast Bradford Young (Director of Photography)
Dee Rees (Director)
Dee Rees (Screenwriter)
Kim Wayans (Star)
Charles Parnell (Star)
Aasha Davis (Star)
Adepero Oduye (Star)
Pernell Walker (Star)
Sahra Mellesse (Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Note: Dee Rees: A Director's Style A Walk in Brooklyn Trying Out Identity: Pariah's Wardrobe Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English DTS HD Master Audio - English Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.25000
Width 5.25000
Depth 6.50000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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