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THE CAKE EATERS
"Mary Stuart Masterson brings the same directness and vulnerability that imbue her acting to her quietly impressive directorial debut...a vibrant, unpretentious small-town tale" -Variety
"Masterson creates a slice of life that is very believable...and often endearing" -Chicago Tribune
"Masterson...is an assured director even in her debut... she creates a spell and a tenderness and pushes exactly as far as this story should go" -Roger Ebert
Recommended! "A blazing performance by Kristen Stewart" -NewCity Chicago
"Masterson catches the rhythms of small-town life" -Chicago Reader
Actress Mary Stuart Masterson makes an assured feature directorial debut with The Cake Eaters, seamlessly weaving together the lives and relationships of two families in rural upstate New York to create an impressive ensemble drama. Beagle Kimbrough (Aaron Stanford) and his father, Easy (Bruce Dern), are still grieving over the recent loss of their family matriarch. Timid and introverted, Beagle never left home, instead remaining in this small town to care for his ailing mother. Out of the blue, the older Kimbrough brother Guy (Jayce Bartok, who wrote the screenplay) returns home after a lengthy stint in New York City pursuing his career as a musician; he is embraced by his father, but not by his brother. One day at the town flea market, Beagle meets 15-year-old Georgia Kaminski (Kristen Stewart), who has a terminal neuromuscular disease and is desperately trying to break free of her overprotective and overbearing mother. Meanwhile, Guy attempts to make amends with his ex-fiancée (Miriam Shor), but he has more than just one unfinished chapter to confront. Guy is still facing Beagle's contempt for his absence in their mother's final days. Masterson unravels the intimate secrets and tensions coursing through these relationships, ably capturing quiet nuances as the outstanding cast emotes the unspoken truths between their finely drawn characters. (Tribeca Film Festival)
Directed by Mary Stuart Masterson, U.S.A., 2007, DigiBeta, 95 mins.