All The Real Girls

Director: David Gordon Green
Screenwriters: David Gordon Green

Institute History


In his spectacular, lyrical second feature, David Gordon Green astonishes and delights with the distinctiveness of his cinematic voice and the depth of his genuine, contoured characters. Green and his trusted collaborators boldly plumb fertile emotional territory: the instinctive, ineffable intoxication of first love and the risk of getting too close.

Twenty-two-year-old Paul lives with his beloved mom and works as a grease monkey in a broken down North Carolina mill town. Charming, smart, unambitious, he has a devoted circle of rowdy friends and a reputation as a callous heartbreaker. When he meets his best friend's sister Noel, fresh from boarding school graduation, the two fall into a perfect, real, terrifying love. They share innermost secrets and inhabit a sweet, dreamy bubble of mutual admiration and understanding. But soon the perfection is too weighty, the bubble too delicate.

Eschewing love story clichés, All the Real Girls is excruciatingly authentic and tender while intelligently refusing to explain away complex human emotion. Fueled by breath-taking chemistry between actors Paul Schneider and Zooey Deschanel, the film yields some of the sexiest screen kisses in cinema history. The camera hesitates to move unless absolutely necessary—a way of investing each magnificent moment with due significance, like a timeless treasure.

— Caroline Libresco

Screening Details

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