In her first leading role, Zoe Kazan plays Ivy, a twenty—year—old college student home for Spring Break. She’s excited about a developing romance back at school and life is seemingly perfect. When her longtime friend Al finds himself without a place to stay during the break, Ivy and her mother take him in and Al and Ivy’s friendship strengthens while her boyfriend grows more and more distant. Increasingly distressed about her conflicting feelings, Ivy struggles to keep control, not wanting overwhelming her emotions and trigger her epilepsy. Restrained and meditative, THE EXPLODING GIRL is the exquisite portrait of a young girl coming of age and finding a deeper kind of love in New York City.
- Bradley Rust Gray
- Zoe Kazan, Mark Rendall, Franklin Pipp, Maryann Urbano
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Mr. Gray's achievement -- and Ms. Kazan's, too -- is to make you care enough about Ivy to be curious about her. But The Exploding Girl can also make you feel bad about wishing that she were just a little more interesting.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 07.07.2010
Gray has an artful, understated way of conveying what's going on inside, often simply by focusing his camera on Kazan. And the actress has a unique capacity for projecting the complexity of feminine stillness.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 03.24.2010
Sometimes a carefully placed pinprick can stay with you longer than a heavier, clumsier blow, and so it is with Bradley Rust Gray's delicately done but indelible The Exploding Girl.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 07.07.2010
Avoiding allegorical cliches, Gray turns the frustrations of epilepsy into an effective metaphor for non-epileptic youthful paralysis, and the inevitable "explosion" into the culmination of all those growing painsKarina Longworth, Village Voice, 07.07.2010