All The Real Girls (2003)

DAVID GORDON GREEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 2003, , .  Story by David Gordon Green, , Screenplay by David Gordon Green.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Jean Doumanian, .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by ,

A girl recently returned from school () begins a shy affair with her brother’s womanizing best friend (), both of them in fear of the consequences if her protective sibling were ever to find out. As their relationship progresses, he realizes that he really is in love this time, not just out for a conquest, but she is young and her feelings change as her life decisions develop. Now he is left with his emotions flailing in the wind, unable to control his jealousy or his feelings of despair.

This drama is charged by the character’s expressions right down to the golden, sun-drenched photography; Deschanel is terrific in the lead, but the film belongs to the immensely charismatic Schneider, who truly astonishes. It’s rare to see movies where men express themselves so openly, but the screenplay (co-written by director David Gordon Green and Schneider) delivers on this and more. Also features the unforgettable Patricia Clarkson in a supporting role.

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