THE EXPLODING GIRL
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.