Blu-ray, DVD Release: Starlet

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Music Box

Starlet movie scene

Dree Hemingway (l.) and Stella Maeve in Starlet.

An unlikely cross-generational friendship develops between a young aspiring actress and an elderly woman when their two worlds collide in the 2012 independent film drama Starlet, starring Dree Hemingway.

Ms. Hemingway (great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel) stars as Jane, a sweet-smiling, blond-tressed 21-year-old looking to become an actress, who generally spends most of her time hanging around, getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, and taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet. Drifting and driving around the sun-dappled San Fernando Valley, Jane one day finds a pile of cash stashed inside an old thermos she’s purchased at a yard sale held by the elderly and sad Sadie (Besedka Johnson). Prompted by a growing sense of morality and guilt, Jane strikes up a tentative friendship with Sadie. Secrets emerge as Jane and Sadie’s relationship grows, revealing that nothing is ever as it seems.

Directed and co-written by Sean Baker, Starlet was the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and the Fipresci Critics’ Award at the 2011 Reykjavik International Film Festival. It played theaters in the top 25 markets in 2012 and 2013, earning a respectable 7.2/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 42 published reviews.

The DVD and Blu-ray of the movie include a behind-the-scenes featurette and cast auditions as bonus features.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.