Yelling to the Sky (2012)
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as Gordon O'Hara
as Lorene O'Hara
as Rob Rodriguez
as Ola Katherine O'Hara
as Latonya Williams
as Betty Oriol
as Two Dog
as Shorty Santos
as Jojo Parker
as Sweetness O'Hara
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Critic Reviews for Yelling to the Sky
This is grim, bleak material that at times is monotonous, but its woe feels authentic.
Not much happens in story terms, but the film swirls with emotions that make it by turns grim and amusing, heavy and light, obvious and vague.
Mahoney barely explains her characters' circumstances, which makes the movie obliquely intriguing. But whenever the story comes into focus, it's revealed as fairly conventional.
"Yelling" is a prosaic look at a hard life. Like Sweetness, the movie finds its way by instinct.
Little more than a résumé film for all involved, it certainly feels more Park City than Bushwick.
Audience Reviews for Yelling to the Sky
If every family is each unhappy in their own unique way, then the O'Hara family has hit the jackpot. First, Ola(Antonique Smith) and Sweetness(Zoe Kravitz) have to face bullies on the way home from school, before having to suffer under the hand of their abusive and alcoholic father(Jason Clarke), as their mother(Yolonda Ross) is pretty much catatonic. And then Ola gets pregnant which takes her away from her sister. So to recap. We have bullying, alcoholism, physical abuse, mental illness, and teenage pregnancy. Did I leave anything out? Wait, there's also drug abuse, yet to come. In other words, with "Yelling to the Sky," there is just one awful and miserable situation without any kind of plot or story to really speak of. So, that just goes to show you how good an actor Jason Clarke really is, as he gives a master tutorial on how to build a character out of absolutely nothing. And I have never been so glad to see Tim Blake Nelson in anything before this.
A very raw and realistic film that doesn't sugar-coat it. Great movie with a great cast to helm it. Zoe Kravitz is just perfect. I admire the director, Victoria Mahoney, for giving it her all to sprout her vision onto the movie scene. The experience of the film was very humble and not over the top. It was simple, but complex. Great independent film and hope that more people get to watch it and love it as much as I had.
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