All Over Me (1997)
In this coming-of-age drama, Claude is a raw-boned teenage girl graduating from high school. Smitten with her beautiful friend Ellen, Claude slowly realizes that her affections for her are lesbian in nature. Befriending gay newcomer Luke, Claude finds the courage to accept her true feelings and aspirations.
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Critic Reviews for All Over Me
Though the main charcater is lesbian, Sichel's gritty youth melodrama is so rich in ideas amd so roght in its texture that it goes beyond a coming-out ot even a lesbian-themed story.
Given great lyrical force by Folland, it comes closer to unlocking the secret lives of girls than any other recent American movie.
Less successful at portraying indecision than it is at inducing boredom.
Its blunt reprocessing of contemporary sacred cows in film realism ... rings false, the work of a user opting out of the imagination business.
transcends its occasional operatic moments by providing plenty of soft-spoken reality
Foland ... gives a marvelously expressive, poignant performance as Claude.
I do think the Sichels got right much of the awkwardness of teenage transitions into adulthood and of the comfort girls find in the company of other equally confused and hormonally distressed girls.
Alex and Sylvia Sichel have taken a familiar coming-of-age story, something that might work as an Afterschool Special, and given it the contour, grit and white-hot energy of something much more.
This is not new territory, but it is a completely new exploration of it.
Reveals the adolescence most everyone went through (or witnessed) but no one talks about.
Audience Reviews for All Over Me
Loved this movie. Very moving and subtle. Great cast too. I'm surprised it wasn't more popular.More
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