THE EX­PLOD­ING GIRL

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Writer/di­rec­tor Bradley Rust Gray’s quiet, nat­u­ral­is­tic char­ac­ter study of a 20-year-old stu­dent named Ivy (Zoe Kazan) is short on nar­ra­tive but makes up for it with a pow­er­ful vis­ual style and two young ac­tors who project deep emo­tion with­out speak­ing a word or sur­ren­der­ing to self-con­scious­ness. When Ivy vis­its her mother in New York dur­ing her col­lege spring break, she re­con­nects with Al (Mark Ren­dall), an old friend from high school. While keep­ing her epilepsy in check and try­ing to sal­vage a re­la­tion­ship with her dis­in­ter­ested col­lege boyfriend by tele­phone, Ivy barely con­ceals her un­easi­ness about her med­i­cal con­di­tion and her long­ing to keep lone­li­ness and awk­ward­ness at bay. Not rated. 79 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt) See re­view, Page 54.

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