• Tue 11 Feb 9:30PM

Sorry, you missed this one

Adults $22+BF
Concession $18+BF

Film Starts 9.30PM


Rooftop Cinema
Level 6, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne

All the Real Girls

Director • David Gordon Green

Country • USA

Year • 2003

Duration • 108 min

Rating • M

Before they were famous Zooey Deschanel and Paul Schneider starred in a small, Southern love story that left all the genre’s tropes for dust.

“Paul and Noel’s sweet, fumbling, inconclusive romance could easily have been grist for some horrendous, heartfelt verse. Mr. Green, with unabashed sincerity and exquisite tenderness, captures both the world-stopping intensity and the delicate absurdity of youthful longing, and Paul and Noel themselves are at once gawkily real and luminously peculiar. The movie has the oddity and directness of a pop song before it has been discovered and played to death. Watching it is like happening on a demo recording by an unknown band on a low-watt college radio station — a song not quite like anything you’ve heard before, and perhaps not quite finished, which you want to hear again even before it has ended. (The soundtrack, not coincidentally, is full of such music, by far-from-famous bands like Sparklehorse, the Promise Ring and Mark Olson and the Creekdippers.)” – The New York Times

Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Emotional Truth and the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival

Screening as part of the Speakeasy Cinema Selects series at Rooftop Cinema, every Tuesday evening through the ’13-14 season.

“Another kind of movie would be entirely about whether they have sex. But Green, who feels tenderly for his vulnerable characters, cares less about sex than about feelings and wild youthful idealism.”

–Roger Ebert

“It’s about people who have no idea what to say, how to say it, what it means, where it leads: They just blunder through, clumsy and hopeful and tongue-tied.”

–The Washington Post

“What is impressive is the way that their dialogue, often callow and maladroit, is callow and maladroit in precisely the right way. It sounds like the things authentic twentysomethings really do say to each other, excruciatingly aware that the cliches they are clutching at don’t match up to what they so desperately want to articulate. And what is also impressive is the realistic way their love goes bad, or more specifically goes wrong.”

–The Guardian

“The best moments are offhand observations – of friends sitting around talking, of train tracks and alleyways, of long, slow kisses. The ambient sensuality, which floats through lines of dialogue, old cars and ramshackle buildings like an Appalachian mist, renders sex almost superfluous, and when sex does occur it looks, unlike just about everything else, dull and ordinary.”

–The New York Times