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NY Times experiences "thrill of discovery" with Pariah at New Directors/New Films

Posted March 23, 2011


In his New York Times article, “Modest Methods, Big Ambitions,”  film critic A. O. Scott surveys the global line up at this year’s New Directors/New Films, the annual survey of fresh talent curated by New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Scott focused in on Dee Rees’ Pariah, the poignant coming-of-age that Focus picked up at Sundance (and will release later this year). Scott remarks:

This New Directors is, notably, a showcase for actors, known and unknown, professional and not. Mr. Spacey, anchoring Margin Call, does his best work in years. To watch Adepero Oduye, who plays a teenage lesbian in Brooklyn in Dee Rees’s splendid Pariah, is to experience the thrill of discovery. Ms. Rees’s film is sensitive but not sentimental, attuned to sexual and racial politics without succumbing to didacticism or piety. Like Majority and Cairo 678, Pariah has a point to make, and a point of view to argue, but it also, above all, wants to illuminate an individual universe of meaning and emotion.