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Code: 5228
a film by Roberto Minervini

2013 / 100 min / 1.85:1
In English with English closed captions

Big World Pictures


    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 emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known.

    In a stunning portrayal of contemporary America and the insular communities that dot its landscape, Stop the Pounding Heart is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South. Minervini’s contemplative, inwardly-focused filmmaking method has evoked comparisons to such auteurs as Robert Bresson, Terrence Malick and Carlos Reygadas, while the way he approaches his subjects gives his work an almost ethnographic flavor ŕ la Jean Rouch.

    Special Features

    • Theatrical Trailer

    Film Reviews

    *David di Donatello Award – Best Documentary
    *Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival
    *Official Selection, New Directors/New Films
    *Golden Dove for Best Documentary, Leipzig DOK Festival
    *Special Jury Prize, Torino International Festival of Young Cinema
    *Best Southern Film, Little Rock Film Festival
    *Best Film, Filmmaker Film Festival-Milan

    "Minervini’s method is a remarkable blend of curiosity and sensitivity... His respect for the characters and their understanding of the world is utterly without condescension, and his unpretentious humanism makes American cultural, religious and class divisions seem at once profound and irrelevant." – A.O. Scott, New York Times