The Myth of the American Sleepover

The Myth of the American Sleepover
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The Myth of the American Sleepover
USA, 2010, 93 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Romance
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: English


This discovery from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival is a surprisingly original and subtle antidote to Hollywood teen movies. Set against the backdrop of mile roads, neighborhood blocks, abandoned factories and lakes which make up metro-Detroit, the story follows four young people as they search for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer. Maggie, Rob, Claudia and Scott cross paths as they explore the suburban wonderland chasing first kisses, elusive crushes, popularity and parties. They are looking for the iconic teenage experience.

Infused with a strong sense of nostalgia, The Myth of the American Sleepover draws upon Mitchell's own memories of his adolescence and allows for an honest and affirmative exploration of teenage emotions and desires. The deceptively meandering pace switches between multiple narrative strands and moves seamlessly between the various characters with perfectly natural performances from the unknown ensemble cast. Although humor and slight similarities to the John Hughes oeuvre are sprinkled throughout, Mitchell’s triumphant film could be more closely compared to the work of master filmmakers Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle, Robert Bresson and even Robert Altman.

DIRECTOR: David Mitchell
Producer: Adele Romanski
Editor: Julio Perez IV
Screenwriter: David Robert Mitchell
Cinematographer: James Laxton
Music: Kyle Newmaster
Principal Cast: Claire Sloma, Marlon Morton, Amanda Bauer, Brett Jacobsen
Filmography: Debut Feature

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