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Aro Recommended Myth of the American Sleepover, The


USA 2010, 93 minutes
Dir. David Robert Mitchell
Genres: Drama / Independent, Youth

Topics: Rites-of-passage.


“A one-of-a-kind teen movie, which captures that distinctive moment in adolescent life when nostalgia, loss and anxiety begin to populate one's consciousness with ghosts.”~Andrew O'Hehir,

Aroview: A balmy summer night before the start of high school is the backdrop for this languid, moment-to-moment capsule of life as an idle American teenager.

Recalling the early work of David Gordon Green with its uncontrived dialogue and graceful mise-en-scene, this embues a done-to-death genre with a sense of youthful curiosity, desire, and adventure that movies on the subject rarely get right. Dividing its time between a number of interconnected characters, the film also treats teen mischief with a surprising tenderness and innocence – a refreshing change from the standard in-your-face attitude of misbehaving teenagers on screen.

NZ International Film Festival 2010

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