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Studio Universal
SKU 228931052
UPC 025192113260
UPC 14 00025192113260
Format DVD
Release Date 9/25/2012
Rating Rating
Coming Of Age
Family Life
Editors Note
Note A teenager must choose between the life she wants and the path her parents have picked out for her in this independent coming-of-age drama. At home, 17-year-old Alike (Adepero Oduye) is a sweet and soft-spoken girl who tries to follow the wishes of her straight-laced mother (Kim Wayans). However, there's another side of her that her parents don't know about -- Alike is a lesbian, and with her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker) she slips out to downtown dance clubs where she feels free to be open about her sexuality, though she's still working up the courage to act on her desires. As she becomes more mature, Alike is torn between living the sheltered life her parents want for her, the club-hopping lifestyle Laura has already embraced, or something that lies in between, like her neighbor Bina (Aasha Davis). PARIAH was the first feature film from writer and director Dee Rees, who adapted the story from her award-winning short film of the same name. PARIAH was an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "A potent film and a standout debut..." 09/18/2011
Los Angeles Times "At its soulful heart, PARIAH is a stinging street-smart story..." 12/28/2011
USA Today "The coming-out/coming-of-age story is almost a genre of its own, but PARIAH has a fresh and distinctly urban take, anchored by an affable lead performance." 12/30/2011
Movieline "PARIAH wouldn't work without Oduye's luminous performance, capturing the emotional nuances of a character not prone to letting her emotions show..." 12/28/2011
A.V. Club "[T]he film has an abiding sweetness that?s ultimately irresistible..." 12/29/2011
New York Times "At its heart is an incandescent performance by Ms. Oduye, who captures the jagged mood swings of late adolescence with a wonderfully spontaneous fluency." 12/30/2011
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[W]hat we're seeing here is the emergence of a promising writer-director, an actor and a cinematographer who are all exciting, and have cared to make a film that seeks helpful truths." 01/04/2012
Wall Street Journal "[A] remarkable debut feature....[Oduye] gives a performance, first heartbreaking and later thrilling, that swings between the darkness of spiritual isolation and the incandescence of self-discovery..." 01/06/2012
Entertainment Weekly "Rees presents this vivid, hidden culture with raw honesty..." -- Grade: A 01/13/2012
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] stirring and heartfelt journey. And Oduye is unforgettable." 01/19/2012
Washington Post 4 stars out of 4 -- "PARIAH feels a lot like life, at its most confusing, contradictory and exhilarating." 01/06/2012
Kim Wayans
Charles Parnell
Aasha Davis
Adepero Oduye
Cast & Crew
Kim Wayans - Star
Charles Parnell - Star
Aasha Davis - Star
Adepero Oduye - Star
Pernell Walker - Star
Sahra Mellesse - Star
Brad Young - Director of Photography
Dee Rees - Screenwriter
Dee Rees - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00025192113260
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 87 minutes
DVD, English, French, Spanish, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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