The first trailer for the highly anticipated drama film, The Starling Girl, was released on April 17th, 2023, giving audiences a sneak peek into the coming-of-age story. The film premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival on January 21st, 2023 and was quickly acquired by Bleecker Street.
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Directed by Laurel Parmet, the movie follows the story of Jem Starling, a 17-year-old girl raised in a fundamentalist Christian community in Kentucky, who struggles to find her place in the world. Eliza Scanlen plays the lead role of Jem, who on one hand aspires to be a dutiful Christian, while on the other is trying to figure out her own identity.
The trailer sets up the tone of the movie, exploring themes of faith, desire, and identity. It shows Jem finding solace in her church dance troupe while trying to free her body with movement. However, she faces judgment from the church’s elders. The trailer also hints at a sexual relationship that Jem enters into, which adds a layer of complexity to the story as it explores the friction between biblical paternalism and modern personhood.
The Starling Girl promises to be an emotional and thought-provoking movie, with a standout performance by Eliza Scanlen. The trailer has already generated buzz among movie enthusiasts, with many eagerly anticipating the release of the film.
The Starling Girl is set to release in theaters on June 23rd, 2023, and with the release of the trailer, the anticipation for the movie has only increased. It remains to be seen how audiences will receive the movie, but with the strong direction and performances in the trailer, it’s safe to say that it has all the makings of a hit.