Provocative, haunting, unpredictable and surprisingly sweet, Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway, great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel), an aspiring actress, and 85-year-old widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates (Stella Maeve, 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 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 moral dilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows. Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films (Prince of Broadway, Take Out), capturing the rhythms of everyday life with an authenticity rarely seen in cinema. Official Web Site

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Sean Baker


Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve. James Ransone, Karren Karagulian

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NR (No one under 18 admitted)

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1hr 44mins

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