Stop The Pounding Heart


Stop The Pounding Heart

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Rural Texas. Sara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents homeschool their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis,

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

  • Minervini places these two non-actors in the same arena and no sparks whatsoever fly. It's a tedious, patience-testing experience that could reward only cinephiles and the curious.

    Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Authenticity is the warm blood that pumps through "Stop the Pounding Heart," a low key but mesmerizing look at adolescent awakening in a fundamentalist family.

    Mar 6, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • "Stop the Pounding Heart" transcends both the red state-blue state split and limited, didactic ideas of cinematic realism.

    Sep 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A modest film made with an authenticity that commands respect, Stop the Pounding Heart adopts fundaments of neorealism and cinema verite to consider issues of faith, family and personal conviction.

    Sep 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Characters who might have been portrayed as Bible Belt nut-jobs come off as unconditionally loving.

    Sep 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Where Heart excels, however, is simply in capturing the rhythm of life.

    May 30, 2013 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Top Critic

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