Nothing Is Private
Against the backdrop of the first Gulf War, Jasira Maroun is 13, physically well developed but naïve and unable to say no. As puberty arrives, her mother sends her from Syracuse to Houston to her curt, up-tight, Lebanese-born father. Over the next few months, Jasira must navigate her father’s strict indifference, her discovery of sexual pleasure, the casual racism of a neighbor boy and her classmates, the sexual advances of the boy’s father, the proffered friendship of a pregnant neighbor, and her attraction to Thomas, an African-American classmate whom her father forbids her to see. Things happen to her, but can she take responsibility and control, or is tragedy inevitable?
Plot Keywords: gulf-war / arab-american / f-rated / family-relationships / maternal-immaturity
Taglines: How Can You Find Yourself if No One Can See You?
Certificate: Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:18 | Germany:12 | Italy:VM14 | Mexico:B-15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | South Korea:18 | United Kingdom:15 | United States:R
Cast: Summer Bishil , Chris Messina , Maria Bello , Peter Macdissi , Gemmenne de la Peña , Robert Baker , Eamonn Roche , Aaron Eckhart , Carrie Preston , Chase Ellison , Irina Voronina , Cleo King , Michael McShae , D.C. Cody , Soledad St. Hilaire , Nathalie Walker , Kim Knight , LoriDawn Messuri , Lorna Scott , Lynn Collins , Toni Collette , Eugene Jones III , Shari Headley , Randy J. Goodwin , Matt Letscher , Larry Cedar , Virginia Louise Smith , Lee von Ernst , Lisa Catara , Alejandro Patiño
Company: Indian Paintbrush
Country: United States
Language: English , French , Arabic , Spanish
Released Date: 29 Aug 2008 (Norway)
Film Location: California, USA
Runtime: 124 min
Soundmix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
screenwriter-14 » Alan Ball's TOWELHEAD is as dark, and biting as American BEAUTY, but with a different slant as a young girl begins to experience the reality of life growing up in the suburbs of America. The cast is superb, the young actor, Summer Bishil, is tremendous in her role, and the film and story resonate with a young girl wanting to be accepted for who she is, but instead has to face incidents which would impale another young girl.
TOWELHEAD deals with prejudice, a multicultural American society that faces Iraq, and other issues, along with the sexuality of young men and women. This film has been lambasted for the sexual themes which it addresses, but in fact is a real picture into what youth must deal with in America today. The writing is crisp, brilliant and the characters and cast bring alive the story with incredible energy. Living in Southern California, I see TOWELHEAD as an important film for an audience to see and discuss for their children and families. Once again, Alan Ball has delivered a brilliant and thought provoking, and very controversial film of substance and value.
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