At the club, the music thumps, go-go dancers twirl, shorties gyrate on the dance floor while studs play it cool, and adorably naive 17-year-old Alike takes in the scene with her jaw dropped in amazement. Meanwhile, her buddy Laura, in between macking the ladies and flexing her butch bravado, is trying to help Alike get her cherry popped. This is Alike’s first world. Her second world is calling on her cell to remind her of her curfew. On the bus ride home to Brooklyn, Alike sheds her baseball cap and polo shirt, puts her earrings back in, and tries to look like the feminine, obedient girl her conservative family expects.
With a spectacular sense of atmosphere and authenticity, Pariah takes us deep and strong into the world of an intelligent butch teenager trying to find her way into her own. Debut director Dee Rees leads a splendid cast and crafts a pitch-perfect portrait that stands unparalleled in American cinema. –Sundance Film Festival
A tender exploration of an underdocumented aspect of the modern queer experiment, "Pariah" is nevertheless unable to avoid some of the predictable traps of much queer cinema. Competently acted and narratively focused in the beginning, it quickly gets somewhat lost between a tender-hearted coming out story and a domestic drama riddled with cliched, one-note characterizations.
All agree that the first ten minutes pack a punch. After that, opinions diverge.
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