Stop the Pounding Heart
Italian director Roberto Minervini films an absorbing portrait of adolescence as experienced by a sheltered girl in a conservative Texas family. Without condescendence or judgment, we see life through the eyes of 14-year-old Sarah, who is homeschooled along with her 11 other siblings by her loving mother but destined for a life of serving her husband as prescribed in the Bible. The film blurs the line between documentary and narrative depicting real people in an insular community. The sincerity and honesty in this film is stunning and unlike any other domestically made film.
DOX: AWARD Honorable Mention at CPH:DOX, Golden Dove for Documentary at Leipzig DOK Festival, Special Jury Prize at Torino International Festival of Young Cinema. Cannes Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Totonto International Film Festival, London Film Festival.