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The unconventional friendship of old and young is not a new premise. There was the romance of Harold and Maude, the sentimentality of Tuesdays with Morrie, the competition of Rushmore. But, despite all the mathematical odds — there are only two main genders, after all — it’s rare to see a buddy film between old and young females, as if filmmakers are uncertain how to write for women or something.
That’s where Starlet comes in.
A new indie feature, which earned earned the Special Jury Prize at SXSW this year, features Dree Hemingway as Jane, a wispy 21-year old wallowing in drug-induced malaise, and Besedka Johnson playing Sadie, a bitter elderly widow. The two meet when Hemingway buys a thermos at Johnson’s yard sale — which turns out to have $10,000 in cash inside.
When trying to return the money doesn’t work, Jane works her way into Sadie’s life, but the friendship uncovers much more than expected about both women.
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