Drama and conflict are what bind us to chance encounters, as duly examined by director Sean Baker with his latest feature Starlet. An unlikely friendship between two women from different societal / cultural generations stick together for their own secret intentions, as their initial fated union begins to unravel their blossoming camaraderie.

More story details can be read as follows:

“STARLET explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway) and 85 year-old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California’s San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, Melissa (Stella Maeve) and Mikey (James Ransone), while taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet. Sadie, an elderly widow, passes her days alone tending to her flower garden.

After a confrontation between the two women at Sadie’s yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie’s past. Jane attempts to befriend the caustic older woman in an effort to solve her dilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows.

Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films, the award-winning and Spirit Award nominees PRINCE OF BROADWAY and TAKE OUT, capturing the rhythms of everyday life with an authenticity rarely seen in cinema. Dree Hemingway (great-granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel) makes her debut lead performance in STARLET.”

Watch the full theatrical trailer down below.

Starlet, 2012

Sean Baker